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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Cumbrian 999 caller claimed he had been ‘bitten by vampire’

A persistent crank caller who claimed to have been bitten by a vampire after drunkenly dialling 999 has been jailed.

The reasons Michael Alfred Shepherd gave for the calls ranged from nose bleeds to vomiting blood.

Shepherd confessed to “eating drugs” and having an alcohol problem but said he made the calls from genuine fears for his health.

He was found guilty of persistently using a public communication network to cause annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety following his trial.

Shepherd, 35, made 25 calls to the North West Ambulance Service from January 14 to April 6. Reasons included toothache to being bitten by a vampire.

Mr Nigel Beeson, prosecuting, said: “On one occasion he said ‘I want help for alcohol dependency and I have been bitten by a vampire’.”

The court heard Shepherd, of Egerton Court, Barrow, had two previous convictions for making nuisance calls to the 999 number and had served 12 weeks and eight weeks in jail for the convictions.

Shepherd was sentenced to 126 days for making nuisance calls and 42 days for making threats to cause criminal damage.

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