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Asbo given to 999 nuisance woman

Julie Chadwick
Julie Chadwick could be sent to prison if she breaches her Asbo

A woman who made hundreds of nuisance calls to police cost the force 500,000 as officers wasted their time attending "frivolous" events.

Julie Chadwick of Bawn Drive, Farnley, Leeds, was given an Anti Social Behaviour Order by city magistrates after making 200 pointless 999 calls.

On one occasion, Chadwick, 41, said her boyfriend was covered in blood when she had thrown a blackcurrant drink on him.

She admitted wasting police time and was given a two-year community order.

Leeds Magistrates' Court heard that calls to West Yorkshire Police had included occasions when she wanted officers to find a home for her boyfriend's dog or to attend because a neighbour had "looked at her funny".

Threats of violence

The court also heard Chadwick had verbally abused local residents, official visitors to her property and the police when they were called to her home.

Magistrates heard contractors would not go to Chadwick's property without a police presence as she and her partner had both made threats of violence against a number of people.

Councillor Les Carter, executive board member responsible for community safety, said: "People experiencing a genuine emergency risk a reduced response if emergency services are dealing with frivolous calls such as Julie Chadwick's.

"I hope she takes this final warning to heart, because if she breaches her Asbo, she risks imprisonment."

Inspector Tom Horner, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "A great deal of our time and limited resources were wasted responding to these totally unnecessary 999 calls - time which could have been better spent dealing with genuine incidents."

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