Repeat 999 caller to Staffordshire Police sentenced for wasting police time

Friday, 27th October 2017

A WOMAN has been sentenced after making 360 silent 999 phone calls over a period of nine weeks.

Donna Walters, aged 48, from Cabot Grove in Perton, Wolverhampton, was sentenced to an 18-month Community Order at Cannock Magistrates’ Court on 19 October after pleading guilty to wasting police time and persistently making use of a public communication network to cause annoyance, inconvenience and anxiety.

In addition, Walters is also required to complete a 40-day rehabilitation programme and a three-month curfew between the hours of 7pm and 6am.

Walters made the repeat phone calls between 2 July and 27 August 2017.

Lisa Cope, Head of Contact Services for Staffordshire Police, said: “This sentencing sends out a really strong message that nuisance calls to the emergency services will not be tolerated.

“Calls of this nature hinder our control room staff as they try to deal with genuine emergency calls from the public. All 999 calls are automatically recorded and can be used in evidence against someone committing a crime.”