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Rhyl woman who made string of 999 calls given last chance

Published date: 29 May 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A WOMAN with a string of convictions for calling the emergency services when drunk was told by a magistrate that she was “in the last chance saloon” after hearing that she was now motivated to change her ways.

Solicitor Stephen Ferns told Prestatyn magistrates that Gaynor Thomas, whose infant son died while in her care many years ago, suffered from hallucinations as a result and then turned to drink.

It was then that she called the police and ambulance services, sometimes dialling 999 and sometimes the police non-emergency line.

Thomas, aged 51, of Butterton Road, Rhyl, pleaded guilty to persistently making use of the public phone network to cause annoyance or inconvenience between January 28 and April 9.

Prosecutor Rhian Jackson said Thomas often threatened to harm herself but when officers or paramedics called at her flat she became aggressive.

Thomas had 23 previous convictions and had twice had ASBOS to stop her making such calls.

Mr Ferns said there had been a “shift in attitude” and she was now prepared to work with the probation service, who would provide much-needed support.

Thomas was made subject of an 18-month community order with requirements that she attend an alcohol treatment course and that be barred from calling 999 or 101 except in a genuine emergency.

Chairman David Davies told her: “By your persistent calls you deprived people in genuine need of the emergency services.

“We are giving you one last chance: you are in the last chance saloon,” he said.

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