999 mum ‘wasted police time’

Andrea Crompton on 999: What's Your Emergency
Andrea Crompton on 999: What's Your Emergency
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A MOTHER who appeared on the current TV hit ‘999-What’s Your Emergency’ has been in court for wasting police time.

Andrea Crompton, 48, featured in this week’s documentary based on the work of the police and ambulance crews in Blackpool.

Three days later she admitted wasting police time by falsely dialing 999 and reporting a crime had been committed.

During the Channel Four programme PC Mike Ellis visited her home after she had been drinking.

Viewers heard the touching story of how Mrs Crompton was cared for by her teenage daughter who despite her family’s problems had gone on to pass her A-levels and got a university place.

Crompton, of Swallow Close, Marton, told the court: “I don’t remember it- I don’t honestly.”

“But if the police have said it, that it must be right.”

“I am so sorry.

“My daughter is going to university and I need to be there for her.

“She is scared stiff and doesn’t know what to do and she needs for me to be there.”

“I just want my daughter to go to university and be happy and know I’ll be OK.

“It was unfortunate I called the police. They are so nice to me...but I keep doing it.”

Pam Smith, prosecuting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court, said: “Police got a call from this woman to say her brother and sister were fighting.

“Officers responded as an emergency using their blue lights and sirens. The weather was poor. Police found her lying in her living room drinking Lambrini. When asked about what she had reported she replied - you know I haven’t got brothers and sisters.

“Asked why she had reported fighting she answered - ‘I just wanted to talk’.”

“She was told it had been dealt with as an emergency call.”

Sentence on Crompton was adjourned so that probation reports can be prepared on her.

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