A HOAX caller rang 999 to tell them he was going to be murdered.
Alcoholic Anthony Richardson dialled the emergency number twice on Wednesday – first making a silent call, then saying he was going to be killed.
The 55-year-old then told the call handler he wanted to join the police force when he was 16, before saying he had a knife and was going to kill himself.
Richardson, from Redberry Way, South Shields, pleaded guilty at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday to a charge under the Malicious Communications Act.
Earlier this month, he admitted persistently making use of a public communication network to cause annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety after making another three hoax calls to the police.
During his latest hearing, John McGlone, prosecuting, said: “At 11.37 on Wednesday, the defendant rang 999 but when the operator answered, he hung up.
“Five minutes later, he called again and said he was going to be murdered, and he wanted to join the police when he was 16.
“Then he said he had a knife and was going to kill himself.”
He added: “Officers traced the call to a phone box and spoke to Richardson.
“He told them he was calling because he had lost his keys and was being bullied by his friends.”
Christopher Brown, defending, said: “He has been in custody for 24 hours since he made the phone call.
“He was on the phone and was no doubt mumbling and not making much sense. He was being targeted by people who know how vulnerable he is.
“In the cells he told me it was a cry for help. However, he is getting help from a social worker and alcohol abuse agencies.
“Perhaps it would be better if he didn’t involve the police.”
Magistrates gave Richardson an absolute discharge.
Chairman of the bench Michael Conroy said: “You have been a terrible nuisance and you must stop being like this.”
At Richardson’s last appearance in court, magistrates heard how he called 999 twice and the non-emergency 101 number on the morning of June 30.
In the first call, he said he had been assaulted weeks before and had his jacket stolen.
The second was to ask if he could join the police as an undercover cop.
The third was to inform them of a man refusing to let buses leave a bus stop in Hebburn – which turned out to be him.