Woman repeatedly called 999... then kicked a policeman

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A police officer was kicked in the shin by a woman who repeatedly made time-wasting 999 emergency calls.

Anne Callander, of no fixed address, initially called the police to report someone going through her handbag then did not respond to questions from the 999 operator.

Police arrived at Ermine Close in Grantham to find Callander in the garden still on the phone to a 999 operator.

A police officer removed the phone from Callander, 47, and asked her numerous times why she had rang the police but she did not respond.

Shortly afterwards an ambulance crew arrived saying they had also received an emergency call but when asked what was wrong with her, Callander replied “nothing”.

Police officers then received notification that Callander had made yet another 999 call while police were with her and so her phone was again removed.

Callander then kicked one of the officers in the shin and was arrested.

Judith Armstrong, defending, told the court Callander, who admitted assaulting a police officer and making use the public communication network to cause annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety, had been battling alcoholism with some success but had recently had a relapse.

District Judge John Stobart decided to adjourn sentencing for three months to give Callander time to prove she can get her life back on the right track.

Judge Stobart said: “If you keep committing offences I hope you will be brought back in front of me because I will give a sentence that will punish you.”

Callander will return to court on April 8 for sentencing.