Kent Online runs a story today on a Ramsgate man who has notched-up 197 hoax calls to the emergency services.
A Judge has criticised the current 'namby-pamby' state of ASBOs that often are unenforcable after an application was made for such on order on a man with mental health problems.
Adaku Oragwu, prosecuting at Canterbury Crown Court, said an ASBO - an anti-social behaviour order - would prevent George Moses, of Clements Road, Ramsgate, from committing further nuisance offences But Judge Timothy Nash questioned how such an order would achieve that Moses, 39, was to be sentenced for making hoax calls to the emergency services about gas leaks, illness, assaults and burglaries.The ambulance service alone received 197 999 calls and crews were intimated by his behaviour. One crew waited down the road and saw Moses running towards them brandishing a piece of wood.
Mr Moses' lawyer, commenting on the attempt to place his client under an ASBO, said:
"I am horrified by the proposition that an order be put in place that prevents this man from contacting the police. That is a grave restriction on public rights and it should not be embarked on."
Meanwhile, Judge Nash said: "We live in this namby-pamby state where everybody rushes to get ASBOs. The latest figures show they are not anywhere near as successful as intended and there are so many breaches people can't keep up with them, the local authorities don't do anything about them and the police don't, they don't have the manpower."
Ed: So from the sound of it, expect more hoax 999 calls ad infinitum!