Alcoholic woman fined for 999 hoax

Angela Wrightson pictured leaving Hartlepool Magistrates Court.
Angela Wrightson pictured leaving Hartlepool Magistrates Court.

AN alcoholic potentially put lives at risk after she made nuisance calls to the ambulance service and police.

An ambulance was dispatched to Angela Wrightson when she made a series of time-wasting calls when she was drunk.

Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard she made several calls to the ambulance service, which is already struggling to meet demand due to a lack of resources as reported recently by the Mail.

On Saturday night, she claimed she had sustained a broken jaw and an ambulance was dispatched to her address.

Luckily, police, who she had also been pestering that night, attended and arrested her before the ambulance arrived.

Stephen Littlewood, prosecuting, said Wrightson, 39, made four drunken 999 calls to police between 7.37pm on Saturday and 1.15am on Sunday when she said she was “not feeling herself” and wanted police to go round to see her.

Mr Littlewood added: “She also made several calls of a similar nature to the ambulance service which resulted in an ambulance being dispatched.”

Wrightson, who has a long history of drunken behaviour, had only just left Hartlepool Police Station hours earlier.

When police later asked her if she thought it was right to make the nuisance 999 calls she said: “No, but I needed some help”.

Wrightson, of Stephen Street, Hartlepool, admitted the charge of sending a false telecommunication message to the annoyance or inconvenience of another.

John Relton, mitigating, said: “My client has had a very torrid life, she is one of nine children who were scattered throughout the care system.

“It is no great surprise, therefore, she finds herself consumed by alcohol that has taken over her life.

“She does apologise through me for what she has done.

“Sometimes at her lowest ebb she does do this.”

Wrightson was fined £35 and will have to pay a £20 victim surcharge.

Chairman of the magistrates bench John Jenkins said: “This is a serious offence that you diverted police and an ambulance from another 999 call which could threaten somebody’s life.

“You have got to stop doing it.”