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The UK's worst nuisance caller -whose 999 calls cost taxpayer [pounds sterling]100k; Former IT worker Holly Coogan, 32, phoned the emergency services dozens of times while drunk, a court heard.

Byline: By, Neil Shaw

A nuisance caller from the Midlands has been jailed for playing so many hoax 999 calls it cost the taxpayer [pounds sterling]100,000.

Former IT worker Holly Coogan, 32, phoned the emergency services dozens of times while drunk, a court heard.

And such was the severity of her hoac calling, she was jailed for a year after admitting making the nuisance calls.

The court heart how on one occasion, East Midlands Ambulance Service dashed to her home -and she refused to open her door before being found drinking cider on her sofa.

Nottingham Crown Court heard another incident saw three police cars, an ambulance and two paramedics scrambled after she threatened to jump off her roof of her home in Nottingham.

When rescue teams arrived, they found her inside the property, HullLive reports.

The court was told she made eight calls to East Midlands Ambulance Service from her mobile phone on December 6 last year over a four-hour period.

The following week, she rang them again and the emergency services attended, but she refused to open her door or answer her phone.

Firefighters were called to help medics get into her home but she refused to let them inside. Then just three days later, she made 10 calls to 999 within one hour.

All the incidents, breached her Criminal Behaviour Order, which was given to her last January. The current Criminal Behaviour Order has now been increased from two to five years.

The court heard Coogan began plaguing the emergency services with hoax calls after becoming hooked on alcohol following the break-up of her relationship.

Speaking afterwards, Superintendent Paul Burrows, of Nottinghamshire Police said: "Every hoax or inappropriate call to the emergency services has the potential to delay them from responding to genuine emergencies and put someone else's life in danger.

"If emergency services attend a hoax call, it means they are not available when someone really needs their help.

"It could be a matter of life or death. Hoax calls can be traced and callers run the risk of a heavy fine and even a prison sentence."

A spokesperson for East Midlands Ambulance Service said: "We take these matters very seriously. The sentence sends a very clear message."

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Author:By, Neil Shaw
Publication:Coventry Telegraph (Coventry, England)
Date:Feb 12, 2020
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