Silent call by bailed 999 pest

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A WOMAN called the police just hours after being released from custody and warned not to contact the emergency services.

Christine Carroll was arrested on Sunday and accused of persistently using the 101 or 999 numbers without good reason.

The 43-year-old was charged with improper use of public electronic communications network – an offence under the 2003 Communications Act – and released on bail until March 7, when she will appear before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

One of her bail conditions was not to call the emergency services unless there was a genuine emergency or a crime had been committed.

However, at 7.20pm on Sunday she dialled 101.

Carroll didn’t say anything during the call, and it was traced to her home in Cheviot Road, South Shields.

When police arrived at her home, she said she must have dialled the number by mistake.

She admitted breaching her bail conditions at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Paul McAlindon, defending, said: “She has various problems, but is adamant that she didn’t mean to call 101.”

Magistrates released Carroll on the same conditions as previously until March 7.