Thornbury man barred from calling 999 

October 27 2017

A MAN from Thornbury has been banned from dialling 999 unless in a genuine emergency after a court heard he called the police 88 times in one year.

A MAN from Thornbury has been banned from dialling 999 unless in a genuine emergency after a court heard he called the police 88 times in one year.

The 50-year-old was one of three men from South Gloucestershire to be issued with Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBOs) prohibiting them from making unnecessary calls to the emergency services.

Each of their cases was dealt with separately by Bristol magistrates.

The Thornbury man was also fined £400 for breaching a community protection notice (CPN) and issued with a four-year CBO.

That prohibits him from calling the emergency services for reasons other than a genuine emergency.

It also bans him from calling 101 or sending emails which are false, malicious or time-wasting in nature, encouraging or instructing others to do so or being rude or abusive when contacting police officers or staff.

The court heard he called the police 88 times in 2016 and was issued with a CPN, after which he sent 50 emails to police officers and staff in the first six months of 2017.

Police apply for the orders from the court after first issuing individuals with a Community Protection Warning. 

If this is ignored, they are given a CPN and breaching such a notice is a criminal offence. Only if a CPN is breached will a CBO be considered, upon conviction.

Neighbourhood police inspector Clive Summerill said: "We have taken this action because our communities rightly expect their emergency services to be available when they’re needed, not tied up with people making false or time-wasting calls."