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999 nuisance caller jailed for ringing 1,200 times

A WOMAN who dialled 999 at least 1,200 times has been jailed.

Jelana Bobrova, 54, was locked up for 10 weeks after she continued to ring despite being slapped with a criminal behaviour order.

Bobrova made 39 rambling calls to the emergency services in just four hours one Sunday last month, during which she challenged police to arrest her, breaching the criminal behaviour order she had been given last November.

Sgt Terry Collman said: ‘The Metropolitan Police answers more than 4.5million calls per year. In 2019, there were 175,000 calls recorded as misuse calls.

‘This amounted to a yearly cost to the Met of more than £1.3million.’

Bobrova (pictured) was well known to the force, having dialled 999 at least 1,200 times in three years, and cost it more than £10,000.

Sgt Collman added: ‘Nuisance calls to police are absolutely not acceptable, they are certainly not funny and are a huge waste of time and money.

‘These calls prevent people who are in a genuine emergency from speaking to police and receiving help when they most need it.’

Bobrova, of Clapham, south-west London, denied making the calls, blaming a ‘technical glitch’.

She was sentenced at Croydon magistrates’ court after being found guilty of breaching her criminal behaviour order which banned her from making ‘false calls’.

Sgt Collman said: ‘I hope the sentence given to Bobrova will send a message to anyone who thinks this immature behaviour is a form of entertainment.’