Beeston woman jailed for persistent misuse of 999

A woman who phoned 999 nearly 50 times in a two-hour period has been sent to jail.

Sarah Coates, 48, of Noster Place in Beeston, was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment at Leeds magistrates on Monday (24 April 2023).

She was also ordered to take part in rehabilitation activity and pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £154.

West Yorkshire Police received 36 999 calls from Coates between 6.24am and 8.11am on Sunday (23 April). BT confirmed that they received further calls on 999 from 6.13am which had not been connected to West Yorkshire Police. She admitted that she kept calling for no reason.

Superintendent Mick Rutter, said:

“We recently relaunched our campaign asking the public to ‘help us to help you’ by making sure you only use our emergency and non-emergency numbers appropriately and make use of our online contact options.

“Callers like this who misuse these services can delay us in answering real emergencies. This was a persistent wasting of police time and we will take action where it is appropriate to do so.”

To read more about the ‘Help Us to Help You’ campaign, please click here


This post is based on a press release issued by West Yorkshire Police


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