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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Cumbrian woman who made nuisance 999 calls faces 'bleak future'

A woman who persistently used the 999 service without good reason faces a “bleak future” if she cannot get the professional help she needs, said a judge.

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Louise Ray

Louise Ray, 33, was put before Recorder Kevin Grice at Carlisle Crown Court after she admitted two counts of making nuisance calls to the police.

The court heard how Ray, of Walker Road, Salterbeck, Workington, made eight needless calls in the space of half an hour on July 6.

In one call she called the call handler “an idiot” and, while she appeared very depressed, she did not need emergency help.

When questioned later about the calls, she admitted that on the first occasion she had drunk five bottles of wine.

On July 11, she again made 999 calls, saying she had injured her hand.

When the police visited her they found her in a cupboard, and she was abusive to the officers.

“She was drunk on that occasion and unsteady on her feet,” said prosecutor Lloyd Morgan. “She kept repeating that her life was over; that she wanted to die.”

Alison Whalley, for Ray, said: “This lady is very ill. This is a very sad case. She drinks too much.”

Recorder Kevin Grice told the defendant: “I accept that you are very ill. You have a problem with alcohol abuse as gross as it has been my misfortune to have seen in this court.

“I am fearful that unless that is addressed in a serious way the future for you appears somewhat bleak.

“Unfortunately, the place in the detoxification unit at Kendal which I believe you desperately need is not currently available.”

The judge said if she continues to abuse the 999 system the only option left would be to send her to prison.

If a place at the Kendal unit does become available an application should be made to get the defendant admitted there.

Recorder Grice imposed an eight-week jail term, suspended for a year; and a 9pm to 7am curfew for three months.

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