Welwyn Garden City woman in court for pestering police

PUBLISHED: 08:19 26 November 2016

Rebecca Kennedy invented reasons to call police.

Rebecca Kennedy invented reasons to call police.

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A Welwyn Garden City woman has admitted making over 50 drunken calls to police and paramedics for imaginary emergencies.

St Albans magistrates heard that Rebecca Kennedy, 35, routinely swore at 999 and 101 call operators, or invented reasons to call them.

She told police “there are dead bodies in my loft”, dreamed up fictitious assaults, and even asked officers to fix a blown light bulb.

Just two hours after receiving a stern lecture from an officer about wasting his time, she dialled 999 again to invent an assault.

Often she was extremely abusive on the phone, but on other occasions she confessed to operators she did not know why she had dialled 999.

Prosecutor Ross Leach told magistrates that her behaviour could have impeded responses to genuine emergencies.

He said: “It could be a matter of life and death.”

When she was arrested at her home on November 3, he said, Kennedy erupted in a foul-mouthed storm directed at the police officer and her neighbours in Broadwater Crescent.

Defending Kennedy, John Hardisty said her drink problem had been exacerbated by bereavements, personal illness, and the stress of caring for her father, who has dementia.

Kennedy, who pleaded guilty to persistent abuse of the telephone network between August 23 and November 3, and a public order offence, claims to have no memory of her drunken phone calls.

The chairman of the bench postponed sentencing to December 12 for probation reports, but imposed a bail condition that Kennedy must call 999 only for genuine emergencies.

He warned her: “That certainly does not mean a blown light bulb.”

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