Cell was answer to pest’s question

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A PENSIONER broke a court order forbidding him to ring the emergency services unless his life was in danger.

Arthur Hunter rang the main police station in Blackpool just before midnight asking why the police had rung when they had not.

Hunter, 66, of Linden Place, Bispham, then rang the station again and inquired about the temperature in the station’s custody unit.

Blackpool magistrates heard how Hunter soon found out what the temperature was because he was arrested and placed in the cells.

Hunter admitted breaching the terms of his bail which forbids him ringing emergency services either on the 999 number or their switchboard numbers.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Hunter’s first call lasted 30 seconds during which he mumbled and the person answering the call thought he may have been drinking.

The second call came a few minutes later.

Steven Townley, defending said: “He thought the bail terms meant he could not ring 999 but could use the alternative number. He misunderstood.”

Magistrates re-bailed him.

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