Get involved! Send your photos, video, news & views by texting MG NEWS to 80360 or e-mail us
Warning for man over hoax 999 calls
5:00pm Friday 27th September 2013 in Ledbury
A HOAX 999 caller who wasted police time by calling them out to a non-existent car crash has escaped prison but been given a stern warning by a judge.
Benjamin Pontifex-Price was told by Judge Michael Cullum at Worcester Crown Court that he would be sent to custody if he offended again.
Pontifex-Price, aged 21, of Fairlawns, Much Cowarne, pleaded guilty to making the nuisance call on December 9, saying there had been a twovehicle crash on the A4103 near the Fir Tree pub.
Five police officers went to the supposed scene but could find no sign of an accident.
Pontifex-Price made two further calls to say other vehicles were involved.
The officers, from Hereford, Ledbury and Leominster, spent 109 minutes looking for the fake accident.
Pontifex-Price, who had six previous convictions including for hoax calls and arson, was given a 12-month community order and will be supervised by the probation service for a similar time.
He must live where directed and undertake 60 hours unpaid work.
The judge, who did not activate a suspended prison sentence, said Pontifex-Price had responded well to the adult disability learning service.
“I have given you this chance when perhaps you have not deserved it,” he said. “I will reserve breaches of the order to myself. It is either prison or supervision and unpaid work.”
Comments are closed on this article.