An abusive alcoholic who dialled 999 over 170 times in 16 months has been banned from swearing – even in his own HOME.
Foul-mouthed Paul Crick, 45, flooded the emergency line with 171 calls between April 2012 and August this year.
When police and paramedics arrived at his home to help he subjected them to a torrent of abuse.
Essex Police said Crick also caused a “significant level of disturbance and distress to his neighbours” by constantly shouting and swearing.
Magistrates in Chelmsford, Essex slapped Crick with an ASBO banning him from swearing for the next five years – even when in his own home.
The drunkard, of Waltham Abbey, Essex, has also been banned from dialling 999 unless in a genuine emergency.
Presiding magistrate Russell Pearson told him on Tuesday(17/12): “No shouting, even in your own home if you are heard by all your neighbours.”
An Essex Police spokesman said: “The court heard how he makes regular unnecessary calls to the emergency services, causes a significant level of disturbance and distress to his neighbours.
“The ASBO was deemed necessary to prevent him from causing further harassment, alarm or distress to his neighbours.
“It was stated that Crick prevents the emergency services from dealing with cases of genuine emergency and appears to use any opportunity to abuse employees of Essex Police and the ambulance service.”
Crick did not object to a joint application by Essex Police and Epping Forest District Council and was also ordered to pay #200 costs.
The order states Crick must not:
– Contact the emergency services via 999 save when genuinely in need of assistance of those services
– Be verbally abusive, shout, swear or use foul language in any public place, or within his home address such as is likely to be overheard by, and such as is likely to cause distress to any other person outside his home address
– Use threatening insulting or abusive words or behaviour towards any person or persons not of the same household as himself, to include employees of the emergency services
– Remain upon any premises for use of the general public, including premises under the control of the NHS, if asked to leave by a member of staff.
The ASBO expires on December 16, 2018.
The court was told Crick is on long-term sick leave from his job and he said he had lost half his eyesight after a stroke and was seeing an alcohol support group and psychiatrist.