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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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Alcoholic Cumbrian woman made nuisance 999 calls

An alcoholic woman kept making nuisance 999 calls, a court heard.

Jacqueline Anne Butterworth, 43, of Main Street, St Bees, appeared at West Cumbria magistrates and admitted persistently making false 999 calls for an ambulance between December 2 2012 and April 23 this year.

Jane Mackrill, prosecuting, said Butterworth would tell the operator she had symptoms she knew would generate a response but, when paramedics arrived, her issues did not require emergency help.

The court heard that she had rejected previous attempts to help her combat her alcohol problem.

Her solicitor, David Purcell, said she was “a very damaged woman.”

Butterworth apologised to the court.

District Judge Gerald Chalk imposed a 60-day prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and told Butterworth to complete a 12-month alcohol treatment requirement and pay £85 costs and an £80 surcharge.

He said: “Other people who did need that service were put potentially at risk. That’s why it’s such a serious offence.”

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