Nuisance caller phoned 999 as a 'free sex line'

John Wainwright phoned the emergency services over 800 times in five months

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A man who called 999 over 800 times in five months was using the emergency number as a “free sex line”.

Nuisance caller John Wainwright, of Arnold, Nottingham, admitted regularly phoning the emergency services at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court yesterday, the BBC reported.

The East Midlands Ambulance Service said that on one occasion in August he called 999 every 10 minutes.

A spokeswoman for the EMA said that Wainwright would often use 999 as a free sex line and claimed be possessed by the devil.

The 43-year-old is due to be sentenced on 19 December following psychiatric reports.

Magistrates were told Wainwright had alcohol problems and bipolar disorder.

The case is just the latest amid numerous reports of people wrongly calling 999. In June a woman in Birmingham contacted the emergency services because the sprinkles on her ice-cream were not spread evenly

And last year a man in the West Midlands called 999 to complain about his driving instructor turning up late.

In 2013 the NHS introduced the 111 number, in an attempt to help stem the problem. It is intended as a non-emergency health-related telephone service.