Nuisance caller gets prison term

A woman who made abusive calls to emergency services has been jailed and had her sentence doubled.

Linda Butcher, of Aldborough Street, Blyth, was handed an eight-week jail sentence suspended for 12 months in July last year for malicious communications and public order offences.

However, the 65-year-old appeared before South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court last week after breaching the conditions of the sentence and continuing to commit malicious communications and public order offences.

As well as the original eight weeks sentence, now being spent behind bars, Butcher was handed an additional eight weeks in custody, taking her prison term total to 16 weeks.

Pc Dave Ostle, from the Blyth Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The emergency services who operate in the Blyth area were concerned that Linda Butcher’s calls were diverting emergency services from where they were most needed and could have put lives at risk.

“We are pleased that the court has taken the matter seriously in imposing a 16-week sentence and we hope this serves as a warning that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated.”

Anyone with any concerns about any criminal or anti-social behaviour should contact 101.