Nuisance caller jailed after silently calling 999 more than 180 times

Joby Ellor, of Shireoaks Row, Worksop, made over 180 silent calls to 999 since May 2023 Credit: Nottinghamshire police

A nuisance caller bombarded emergency services with more than a hundred 999 calls.

Joby Ellor, of Shireoaks Row, Worksop, made more than 180 silent calls to the emergency telephone number since May 2023.

Using two different phone numbers he would call 999 – either staying silent when asked the reason for his call or simply hanging up.

Between September 1 and 2, Ellor made more than 40 silent calls - making 10 calls in just 20 minutes on 2 September.

After being ordered to abide by a two-year criminal behaviour order on Monday 4 September, he once again started to make nuisance calls just five days later.

The 26-year-old was brought back before the courts on Thursday (14 September) after being charged with breaching his criminal behaviour order.

Police said his calls meant seven officers had to dedicate an entire shift to administrative tasks relating to the case.

Appearing at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court he was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison.

PC Lee Ryan, who led the investigation, said: "Ellor’s actions in not only carrying out the silent calls to begin with but then breaching his order just days later show his complete disregard for the law.

“His actions by ringing more than 180 times hampers our ability to efficiently address genuine emergencies and help people when they need it most.

“Repeatedly dispatching police and emergency services to handle silent or non-emergency calls redirects their attention from those in dire need of immediate assistance – this can lead to prolonged response times for legitimate callers and delay critical responses to life-threatening situations.

“We’re here to help and so are the dedicated call handlers who pick up and answer calls when people could be going through the worst day of their life.

“Ellor’s offending meant seven officers had to dedicate an entire shift to administrative tasks relating to the case as well as response officers attending the fake calls.

“I hope his time behind bars will make the gravity of his actions it hit home and how they could impact real life-threatening situations.  

“Please only call 999 in an emergency.”