Teen jailed for making hoax calls and obstructing police

A 19-year-old man from Wilmslow has been jailed for making hoax calls to police which resulted in armed response vehicles, a dog unit and response officers being deployed.

Mr Bates, of Colshaw Drive, appeared at Chester Crown Court on Friday 23rd February charged with one count of wasting police time and two counts of obstructing a police officer.

Police received several calls from Mr Bates at the end of January. The first of which was during the evening of Wednesday 24th January when he stated that there was a fight involving seven people.

The second and most serious incident occurred on Thursday 25th of January, which came from the same telephone number, stating there was an ongoing firearms incident involving a handgun which had been discharged.

Police Sergeant John O'Driscoll said "Investigations found that Bates had used his mobile phone number to make three phone calls to the police in the space of three hours.

"Police detained him when responding to the firearms incident and he provided false details. When spotted a second time he made off. When he was detained his true identity was revealed. Previous calls made to the police by Bates in a 'genuine' need led to police identifying him via his phone number."

These incidents resulted in the deployment of multiple officers to different areas in Wilmslow including three armed response vehicles, one dog unit and three response officers.

Bates appeared at Chester Crown on 23rd February and was jailed for 12 months.

Sergeant John O'Driscoll said "For wasting police time he received 4 months imprisonment, for two counts of obstructing a constable he received two weeks concurrent imprisonment for each count.

"Bates was already under an 8 month suspended sentence from 2017 for putting someone in fear of violence. As a result this was added to the 4 months, meaning a total detention of 12 months."