A NEWCASTLE Emlyn man has been jailed for eight weeks for making a nuisance 999 emergency call.

Malcom Roy Edwards, of Station Road, appeared before magistrates at Aberystwyth Justice Centre where he admitted a charge of sending a message which he knew to be false for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety.

The 48-year-old was also order to pay a £115 victim surcharge.

Edwards had been jailed for five months back in February after he admitted making repeated nuisance 999 calls to the emergency services while also subject to a suspended sentence for identical offences.

Superintendent Huw Meredith, of Dyfed-Powys Police, said: “We welcome this sentence, which goes to show behaviour of this kind will not be tolerated.

“Dyfed-Powys Police takes misuse of the emergency 999 number very seriously, as this can cause delays for genuine emergencies coming through to the force.

“Abusing the system shows flagrant disregard for others experiencing life-threatening emergencies who need our help, or that of the other emergency services.

“We will not allow our emergency call system to be abused in this way.

“We would like to take this opportunity to remind people that the 999 number should only be used in emergencies, when a crime is in the process of being committed or there is a threat to person or property.

“Non-urgent reports can be made by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.”