A Chesterfield man has been charged with offences under the Malicious Communications Act after he was abusive to a 999 call handler.
Jason Clarke, of New Street, Pilsley, made the call for what police have described as a ‘non-urgent matter’ in the early hours of Thursday 8 October.
While on the phone to the emergency call handler, he allegedly became abusive and swore at him several times.
Sgt Matthew Ladd, of the North Investigations Team, said:
“Our colleagues in contact management perform a difficult role as the vital first point of contact for members of the public who need to report an emergency, as well as those who need to report a crime or issue that doesn’t require an immediate response.
“Behaviour which is abusive or offensive won’t be tolerated.”
The 49-year-old is due to appear before magistrates at Chesterfield Justice Centre in November.
Check out our video below for some examples of the type of time-wasting calls 999 call handlers are forced to deal with:
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