Lonely man bombarded police with 470 calls

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A pensioner bombarded police with phone calls to try and ease his loneliness.

Arthur Melvin Hunter, 67, has made almost 470 calls since 2010, Blackpool magistrates heard.

Hunter, of Linden Place, Blackpool, was jailed for 140 days but the OAP’s sentence was suspended for a year and he was given 12 months supervision by the probation service. The judge told him: “The reports on you say that matters are now being put into place which have not been there before - they are there to help you and you should try to take advantage of this or you will go to prison.”

Hunter admitted two offences of making persistent calls to the police causing annoyance.

He used the “101” number to make 19 calls in two days.

In the calls he sounded drunk and incoherent and accused the call handlers of not being humans.

He also made strange noises down the phone line, the court was told.

When interviewed by police Hunter said he had been drinking vodka and was desperately lonely.

Steven Townley, defending, said his client’s family and social services had started to assist him.

“They are worried that he is vulnerable.

“On his behalf I can say that he knows the effect of what these calls have in delaying other calls being handled.

“They are not hoax calls and no emergency services were dispatched.”