Man jailed for nuisance calls

Jailed...Derick Smith.
Jailed...Derick Smith.

A man who was ordered by a judge to stop making drunken nuisance calls to police has been jailed for 32 weeks after he made further calls the very next day.

Derick Smith, 65, of St Katherine’s Road, South Cave, appeared before Beverley Magistrates’ Court, charged with persistently making use of a public communications network to cause annoyance/inconvenience or anxiety between 25 August, 2015 and 4 October, 2015.

He admitted making the calls to 101 and 999 and was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, with an £80 victims’ surcharge and £85 costs, by District Judge Rutherford.

A two-year criminal behaviour order was also imposed banning him from making further calls.

But the next day he breached the order, making more calls to the force without good reason.

He was arrested and appeared before District Judge Rutherford for a second time for further charges of making nuisance calls and breaching his order.

PC Matthew McGrath said: “We welcome this sentence, which goes to show behaviour of this kind will not be tolerated.

“Smith became a nuisance with his persistent calls and could have prevented people with genuine emergencies from getting through.”

Smith’s order also remains in place until midnight on 19 January, 2018, which prevents him from:

1. Acting or inciting others to act in an anti-social manner, that is to say, a manner that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to others, anywhere within the Humberside Police area.

2. Using the 999 Emergency Services number for any reason other than a genuine emergency or incite any other person to do so on his behalf.

3. Sending any message by any public electronic communication network that causes or is likely to cause annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety or causes the unnecessary deployment or engagement of emergency services or other support agencies.