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Woman who made over 200 fake calls to emergency services delayed response to child in cardiac arrest

Victoria Cross made 217 calls to East Midlands Ambulance Service. Credit: BPM Media/ PA

East Midlands Ambulance Service received over 200 nuisance calls from a 22-year-old women which led to the delay of one crew en route to deal with a child in cardiac arrest.

Victoria Cross made the calls between Christmas and New Years and has admitted to persistently calling for the purpose of causing annoyance and inconvenience to others.

Cross appeared at Leicester Magistrates Court yesterday (14 January).

The court heard that when she realised her number was blocked by the emergency services, she bought different sim cards for her mobile phone so that she could continue to make bogus calls.

One day she rang the service to claim she had taken 20 grams of cocaine.

An ambulance with two crew arrived at her address. She admitted she hadn’t taken the drugs and refused to see the crew.

– Fernando Rodrigues, Prosecutor

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust mental health services described Cross as having a mild learning disability and emotional unstable personality disorder.

However, after she was assessed by a psychologist it was reported that Cross had the capacity to know what she was doing.

Chris Swistak who defended Cross said: "She accepts she has made too many calls, but they came at a time when she was feeling depressed and at times suicidal"

Cross was ordered to pay £165 in fines and she was also given a conditional discharge for 18 months.