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Last Updated: Friday, 24 October, 2003, 12:10 GMT 13:10 UK
'Ooh Betty' mimic avoids jail
Nathan Stack
Stack jammed police radios with impressions of Frank Spencer
A university student who admitted impersonating comedy character Frank Spencer on police airwaves using an officer's radio has escaped a jail sentence.

Nathan Stack, 21, interrupted police frequencies in the Worthing area with catchphrases memorised from the BBC TV comedy Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em.

He pleaded guilty on 24 September to charges of theft, after finding the radio at a filling station.

He also admitted sending false messages contrary to the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949.

Stack, of York Gardens, in Littlehampton, was ordered to carry out 160 hours of community service by Worthing magistrates.

Stack apologised for his actions and said he had been "stupid".

Actors Michael Crawford and Michelle Dotrice in Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
Stack says mimicking Frank Spencer's catchphrases was 'stupid'
During his trial, he admitted using catchphrases including "Ooh Betty" and lines such as "Goodbye little fairies I must leave on the double, I would like to stay for one more day but I'm in a spot of trouble".

Stack was caught after his car was stopped by police on suspicion of speeding.

He then asked the officer, in Frank Spencer voice: "Can I help you officer?"

The traffic officer recognised the voice - and arrested Stack.

A search of his car uncovered the radio under a seat.

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