Cliftonville man jailed for hoax bomb threat and abusing police call handler

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A Cliftonville man has been jailed within two days of making a hoax bomb threat call and abusing a police call handler.

Carl Johnson called 999 on the evening of Monday 12 June and claimed to have a homemade explosive device.

During a second call a short time later, he made sexual threats to a Kent Police call handler.

Officers from Thanet’s Local Policing Team were sent to his home in Surrey Road half an hour after the second call and he was arrested.

The 39-year-old was later charged with making a false bomb threat and sending a threatening communication.

He admitted both offences before Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (June 14) and was jailed for 120 days.

Detective Superintendent Alice Ames, of Kent Police’s Force Control Room, said: “Hoaxes of this kind divert valuable resources from real, potentially life-threatening situations and abuse directed at our excellent call handlers is something we will not tolerate.

“I hope the swift response to these calls, the charges quickly brought, and jail term imposed two days later act as a deterrent to anyone who may think of wasting the time of the emergency services in this way.”


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