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Man handed suspended jail term for false 999 Carlisle “stab” claim

The kiosk from which Anthony Sives-Rutherford made his hoax 999 call

A MAN who dialled 999 while drunk in Carlisle and falsely claimed he’d been stabbed has been given a suspended jail term.

Anthony Sives-Rutherford, 39, knocked back 10 pints of lager before making the false call from a Botchergate phone kiosk at 12-30am on July 19.

Sives-Rutherford told a handler he had been “stabbed and was bleeding”, sparking a major police emergency deployment of three vehicles and six officers.

After it became clear there was no such incident, Sives-Rutherford was arrested and found to match the description of the kiosk caller caught on CCTV.

He admitted the hoax but claimed to have a “personality disorder” which meant he was not in control of himself at the time, North and West Cumbria Magistrates’ Court heard today (TUES)

Sives-Rutherford, of Henry Street, Whitehaven, admitted sending a false public communication to cause inconvenience. He reported “long-standing mental health difficulties” to a probation officer, who concluded substance abuse appeared to be linked to his offending but that constructive work could be done to help.

District Judge Gerald Chalk suspended a 48-day jail term for 12 months, and imposed a rehabilitation requirement and a six-week night-night curfew.

District Judge Chalk spoke of a “substantial” Cumbria police deployment on the night, observing: “It would have caused them concern that so many people had to be out and about for what proved to be a malicious phone call.”

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