A serial 999 hoax caller who made false claims to police while ‘extremely intoxicated’ has been handed a criminal behaviour order.
Lynn Thornton, of Lonsdale Street, Accrington, claimed she had been ‘kicked’ and robbed by two men during a call to police, Blackburn Magistrates Court heard.
However when officers attended her home they could find no injuries and when the tried to call her phone found it ringing in her pocket.
Katherine Allan, prosecuting, told the court how there had been ‘around 100 reports’ of similar offences committed by Thornton over the past year.
She pleaded guilty to persistently making use of a public electronic communications network causing annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety.
Thornton, 46, was given a 12-month community order with a six-month alcohol treatment requirement, a 20-day rehabilitation requirement and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £60 victim surcharge.
Magistrates also served her with a criminal behaviour order with conditions including not to call 999 ‘unless in an emergency’.
Miss Allan said the latest incident involving Thornton took place on February 19 this year.
She told the court: “The background to this is the defendant has issues in relation to alcohol and when under the influence makes 999 calls.
“There have been around 100 reports during the last year. In relation to this particular matter she contacted the police at 1.33am by 999.
“She said she had returned home and had been jumped by two males and they had kicked her to the ground and then stole her phone. She was described as extremely intoxicated and irate.”
Miss Allan told the court how 999 operators classed the call as a ‘grade one’ incident ‘meaning an officer was dispatched with blue lights activated to the address and was an emergency response’.
When officers found no injuries they ‘challenged her’ claims and later found the phone in her pocket.
The court heard how Thornton has 16 convictions for 33 previous offences, including wasting police time.
Miss Allan said: “Police have responded to her 999 call and they are diverted from people who have a genuine emergency.
“It puts other members of the public at risk.
“There have been a number of issues in relation to this in the past.”