Amanda Baker bombarded police with drunken 999 calls
Amanda Baker arrives for
her hearing at Canterbury Magistrates Court
A woman who made dozens of drunken 999 calls to police has
been ordered to do alcohol rehab.
Amanda Baker, from Canterbury, called the emergency number to
talk to operators on subjects such as her dog, back pain, the
fact she had no money and to a make false claim about a man in
City magistrates heard the 49-year-old's calls were often
rambling and slurred or made to find out why police had visited her
the day before.
Baker, of Whitehall Bridge Road, admitted wasting police
time between September 25 and November 29 last year.
She accepted being in breach of a conditional discharge for
wasting police time and asked for another like offence on January 8
to be taken into account.
Many of the calls led to officers going to her house to check on
Rachael Laughland, prosecuting, said Baker – who fell
asleep in the dock and could be heard snoring loudly during the
hearing – had been given the conditional discharge on September 20
for making 24 wasteful calls to police.
court, where the case was heard
But she said that on at 1.20am September 25, Baker again took to
She said she had no money and wanted to talk to the crisis team
before calling later to say that her son had breached his community
"She called police again and was difficult to understand, saying
she wanted to kill someone and then talking about her dog," Miss
"There were more calls in the early hours of October 11 to ask
why police had visited her the night before. The defendant was also
talking about a historic assault, back pain and her dog. She was
rambling and drunk.
"Another call later that day thanked police who had visited her
and been kind to her and played with her puppy."
Miss Laughland said Baker then moved from a house in Wincheap to
her current home and called police to tell them she was alive and
had moved home.
This was followed by further calls in which she made threats to
harm herself and her dog.
Miss Laughland went on: "November 15 saw more calls. She said he
had been beaten up the night before in one call and then another
call in which she said there was a man in her flat who was being
aggressive. Police attended and found she was alone."
Magistrates gave Baker a 12-month community order with
supervision and six months of alcohol treatment. She must also pay
£85 costs and a £15 surcharge.
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