Peterborough man breached court order by making hoax call - three days after previous court appearance

A hoax caller flouted a strict court order after just three days by calling 999 and threatening to assault police officers.

Thursday, 29th July 2021, 4:54 pm

Anthony Walsom, 56, was handed a criminal behaviour order (CBO) on 24 March after phoning 999 more than 50 times in a single day about fake emergencies.

One clause banned him from calling 999 unless in a genuine emergency.

However, after just three days Walsom phoned 999 again and threatened to assault police offers.

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Walsom, of Ramsey Way, Stanground, Peterborough, appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court yesterday (28 July), and was fined £100 and ordered to pay £119 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching a criminal behaviour order.

PC Umar Shabir said: “Despite a strict court order and multiple previous warnings, Walsom continued to misuse the 999 system.

“The force’s call handlers work tirelessly day-in-day-out to protect the public and hoax calls can prevent them doing their job.

“The question I’d ask all hoax callers is: how would you feel if your friend or family member couldn’t get emergency help because a call handler was dealing with a hoax caller?

“The misuse of our 999 service can cost lives and will not be tolerated, nor will abusive behaviour.”

The order imposed restrictions on Walsom, meaning he must not:

- Contact 999, 101 or 111 unless in case of a genuine emergency requiring immediate assessment, action or treatment

- Cause others to feel they need to contact 999, 101 or 111 on his behalf, except when in genuine need of emergency services requiring immediate assessment, action or treatment

- Threaten, harass, intimidate, pester or alarm other persons who take any call on 999, 101 or 111