Wednesday 20 November 2013

Did You Just Cut & Paste, PC Gent?

A 55-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to wasting police time after making false claims that she had cut off her hand.
Presumably, Leicestershire Police weren’t too busy to turn up in order to ascertain that her hand was still attached?
Stork appeared at Loughborough Magistrates' Court on Monday, charged with six counts of wasting police time and one count of obstructing a highway.
She pleaded guilty to all seven offences and received a 36-month conditional discharge. Police said it was estimated that she had wasted at least 177 hours of officers' time with false reports, with a cost to the force of at least £4000.
That sounds rather familiar. As does this:
PC Miranda Gent of Charnwood Police said: “We are very pleased with this result as it goes to show that wasting police time is a serious matter and that it will be dealt with accordingly.”
“There have been a number of occasions where the Police have been called to the address unnecessarily which could have resulted in other people in need being put at risk. Hopefully this will make people think twice before calling the police unnecessarily in the future.”
All you forgot to include was the line about how this makes things much more difficult for people who've really cut their hands off to be believed...


Woman on a Raft said...

I doubt it will do much good. When it gets as bad as that it is one for the MH team.

JuliaM said...

And we know how good they are at dealing with this sort of thing...