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 Nuisance caller given prison sentence


A man who bombarded emergency services call handlers with sexually explicit calls has been handed a prison sentence.
Anthony Marsh appeared at Teesside Magistrates today after pleading guilty to two charges of malicious communications from incidents in March and April.
The 39-year-old called the NHS number 111 and 999 more than 100 times in just one 24-hour period and would be sexually explicit with female call handlers, causing them distress.
Marsh, of Tenth Street, Blackhall, was given the maximum sentence magistrates could impose for the offence of 24 weeks.
PC Jayne Marshall, of Peterlee CID, said: “Marsh caused great distress to call handlers who provide a vital service, especially during this time, and did not deserve to be treated so despicably.
“The way Marsh abused them was unacceptable and we are glad to see he has been handed a prison sentence that will hopefully give him time to reflect on his actions and some peace of mind for his victims.”