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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Bradford woman, 24, branded 'huge drain' on emergency services as she pleads guilty to making scores of unnecessary 999 calls

Rachel Pearce leaving Bradford and Keighley Magistrates' Court

Bradford woman, 24, branded 'huge drain' on emergency services as she pleads guilty to making scores of unnecessary 999 calls

A WOMAN has cost emergency services nearly £18,000 by making scores of unnecessary calls for medical help, a court heard.
Magistrates were told that 24-year-old Rachel Pearce had been a "huge drain" on public resources, making nearly 200 calls of which 133 were when she either did not require or refused medical treatment.
Prosecutor Abdul Shakoor told Bradford and Keighley Magistrates' Court yesterday that Pearce would make emergency calls to police or ambulance claiming she was self harming with knives, blades or glass.
Police would have to attend with Tasers because of the nature of the report, but the defendant would be abusive and make threats.
Mr Shakoor said the cost of Pearce calling the police was significant.
The court heard the defendant had Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism, and gender dysphoria, meaning that she wanted to live as a man. But there were difficulties with that because of her alcohol consumption and psychological problems.
She preferred to be called by the man's name of Kai.
Pearce, whose head was shaved, pleaded guilty yesterday to persistently making use of the public communication network, to cause annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety, between February 1 and July 17 last year.
Mr Shakoor said she was alcoholic and suffered from mental health problems, including autism. There were several support agencies who wanted to help her but she did not appear to want to engage with them.
The defendant had moved to the Chellowfield Court residential complex, in Heaton, Bradford, after being referred by Lynfield Mount Hospital, and had made about 60 calls to police. That figure had increased to 196 by October.

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