Hoax caller who burped down 999 line more than 80 times jailed for second time

A Peterborough man who called 999 to repeatedly burp to emergency call handlers has been handed a second six month jail spell.

By Stephen Briggs
Monday, 30th November 2020, 2:07 pm

Rhys Pilott, 28, was sentenced to six months imprisonment in November last year for causing a public nuisance but was released early for good behaviour.

Following his release, Pilott dialled 999 and belched at call handlers more than 80 times and was arrested five times.

MORE: Peterborough man jailed after repeatedly calling 999 and burping down the line ‘because he was bored’MORE: Peterborough man jailed for calling 999 and burping at police call handlers commits same offence againOn one occasion, the force received 24 999 calls from Pilott within the space of 45 minutes, causing the emergency line to become blocked and leaving call handlers unable to answer genuine emergency calls.

Peterborough Magistrates' Court

Pilott, of Crown Mews, Peterborough, was arrested again in October this year for a final time and was charged with causing public nuisance.

He admitted the charge last week (23 November) and was handed the maximum jail term for hoax calling at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court.

Superintendent Mike Branston said: “Hoax calls exhaust our resources, cost the public money and, more worryingly, put lives at risk.

“Individuals who feel the need to abuse the 999 service in this way should consider how they would feel if a loved one needed emergency help but couldn’t get through.”

In the past month, the force has recorded 90 hoax/misuse of 999 calls alongside all of the normal daily calls for service and extra Covid-19 calls. Each of the hoax calls that required a response would have wasted a large number of resources.

For more information on hoax calling and advice for parents with children who may decide to hoax call the police, please visit: www.cambs.police.uk/hoaxcalling