Drunk woman made false 999 calls

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A drunken Cardigan woman made false 999 calls claiming a person was injured at her home, a court has heard.

Pauline Lewis, aged 55 of Flat 1, Finch Square, pleaded guilty to persistently making use of a public communication network to cause annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety between August 8 and 11, when she appeared before Aberystwyth magistrates on Wednesday.

The court heard that a 999 call was made from a mobile telephone at 6.49pm on August 11, requesting an ambulance for a 55 year-old man who had fallen.

The woman making the call was heard to be in an intoxicated state, and shouting and screaming could be heard. Miss Lewis hung up when the operator asked her questions.

Several attempts were made to call Miss Lewis back, before she later answered and stated a 21 year-old woman had fallen and hurt her wrist.

Police who attended the flat found another woman in Miss Lewis’ home, and both were described as intoxicated.

Magistrates were told that Lewis had a previous conviction for a similar offence, and had made two 999 calls requesting police on August 8, when they were not needed

Stephen Welch, defending, said his client had expressed remorse ‘from the outset’, and had stated she was an alcoholic who did not realise what she was doing.

Mr Welch added: “She feels very angry with herself, and refers to alcoholism as a reason for it.”

Following a report from the probation service, magistrates sentenced Lewis to a 12 month community order with supervision.

A three month curfew order from 7pm to 7am was also imposed, and she was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

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