Man jailed for making 45 nuisance 999 calls in one evening
Man jailed for making 45 nuisance 999 calls in one evening

Man jailed for making 45 nuisance 999 calls in one evening

Simon Benyon, 45, has not spoken about any of the calls he made (Image: Hyde News & Pictures)

A repeat scam caller has been hung up after falling back into old habits and calling 999 dozens of times in one night.

Simon Benyon, 45, has not spoken about any of the calls he made since 9.36pm on October 23 last year.

He made some muffled noises but did not engage with the Hampshire Police control room operators who could hear a TV in the background.

In total, he called 911 45 times by the next morning.

Benyon, of Overton, near Basingstoke, was eventually arrested and charged with persistently using a public communications network to cause annoyance/nuisance/anxiety and breaching a criminal behavior order.

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A judge at Winchester Crown Court found the offenses breached a previous court-imposed criminal behavior order after he was convicted of the same offences.

Benyon was jailed last week for 16 months.

A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said yesterday: “By calling 999 without a genuine emergency, Beynon breached a two-year criminal behavior order which had been made at North Hampshire Magistrates’ Court on 12 May 2021 following a conviction on April 1st. 2021, for the same offence.

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“Each time, Beynon did not speak to the callers; only muffled noises were discernible and he ignored their interactions. By 10.06pm he had already rung 21 times and during this call a TV could be heard in the background.’

Superintendent Anna Skelton, senior delivery manager of contact management, said: “Beynon’s actions took valuable time away from call takers which should have been helping people dealing with real emergencies.

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“Our staff do high pressure work, often dealing with people at their darkest hour, so to treat them with such disrespect is appalling.

“In recent weeks we have been dealing with extremely high call volumes from the public, so this is a timely reminder to only call 999 in an emergency. I hope this sentence sends out a strong message that making hoax 999 calls is a serious offense that could lead to jail time.

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