Teenage girl made 750 hoax emergency calls

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A teenager who made more than 750 hoax 999 calls in just two days over Christmas has been warned she faces jail.

Kerry Ann Moate, 18, notched up 756 malicious calls on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, having previously made 44 from 11 to 13 December. She was arrested at her home in Little Paxton, Cambridgeshire, in the early hours of Tuesday after police traced her phone.

At Huntingdon magistrates' court yesterday, she admitted two charges of persistently making use of public communication networks to cause annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety. Police were so concerned about the impact, that her actions were classified as a danger to the public.

Superintendent Paul Fullwood, of Cambridgeshire Police, said: "The sheer volume of malicious calls was extremely disruptive to the force at a time of year that is always busy for police. Every time someone misuses the 999 they are potentially putting others' lives at risk."

Moate is to be sentenced in February.