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article imageRapper makes thousands of prank 999 emergency calls to UK police

By Laura Trowbridge     Jun 24, 2010 in Crime
Since January 2009, an unknown man has made thousands of nuisance emergency calls to Greater Manchester Police. He chants, sings, raps, preaches and plays loud music to the 999 call handlers.
Just in the past three months he has made 700 calls, costing the police force about a £1,000 a month to handle his nuisance calls.
The caller's rants tie up the emergency line for several minutes, blocking real emergency calls from getting through to the handlers.
According to Greater Manchester Police, they have blocked more than 60 SIM cards, but the man continues to make his nuisance 999 calls by using unregistered phones.
GMP's superintendent of call handling Karan Lee said: "Despite numerous attempts to block the phones he has been using, this man continues to call 999 to make his inappropriate outbursts.
"I would hope he does not do this out of malice because he is putting lives at risk. At busy times, the line can be blocked by his calls which mean people with a genuine emergency cannot get through.
"We feel incredibly frustrated when this happens, because we are constantly striving to provide the best possible service to the people of Greater Manchester."
Call handling manager Jason Unsworth added: "You can never guess when this man is going to call up, and that's part of the problem. With the World Cup on at the moment, it's an added pressure when he does call, because it can be literally any time of the day, and he can be on the phone for several minutes.
"He is causing us a big problem because of the sheer volume of calls he makes and the time wasted dealing with him. We have to treat each call as if it was a real emergency, so it's frustrating and worrying when we get time wasters preventing people with real emergencies coming through."
A few audio clips of the rapper's calls have been released by police in the hope that someone might recognize his voice or have information about him. Listen to one of his raps/songs here (WAV format.
Superintendent Karan Lee went on to say: "Nuisance calls are no laughing matter. I do not know what motivates this man has to keep calling, but it is not funny when we cannot respond to a real emergency and if anyone does know who is responsible, I would urge them in the strongest possible terms to come forward. We need to stop this man's time-wasting calls before someone's life is put in jeopardy.
"In general, many hoax callers simply do not understand the severity of their actions. If they make a serious allegation, such as someone's life being at risk, an elderly person in need of desperate help or a body in the canal, we quickly deploy a lot of resources to the scene.
"Often that involves the use of full emergency equipment. If the call is false, and the result of some sort of malicious hoax, then those officers are tied up and they cannot attend genuine emergencies where people's lives really are at risk."
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