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Man repeatedly called 999 and demanded lift home from police

Lee Mullen called the emergency number six times in less than an hour.

Court: Mullen was jailed for 282 days (file pic).
Court: Mullen was jailed for 282 days (file pic). STV

A man who repeatedly dialled 999 and demanded the police give him a lift has been jailed for more than nine months.

Lee Mullen used the emergency number six times in less than an hour and told officers he would cause trouble if he was not given a lift home to Perth.

He told them he was outside and breaching a bail curfew condition so they would have to arrest him but checks showed he was making up the curfew condition.

Mullen was eventually arrested and admitted a series of offences when he appeared at Perth Sheriff Court on Monday.

He admitted repeatedly misusing the 999 system on October 5 to demand transport and to threaten to cause a disturbance.

Mullen, of St Catherine's Square, Perth, also admitted stealing beauty products worth £2 from Poundland in Perth on November 24.

He also admitted stealing alcohol and a bin from Home Bargains on November 26 and being in a house with intent to commit theft on 2 October.

Fiscal depute Tina Dickie told the court: "The accused dialled 999. He claimed he was on a curfew and had breached a condition and demanded the police arrest him as soon as possible.

"Checks revealed there was no such condition. The accused refused to accept that. He was warned not to use the 999 system like that again.

"Between 8.10pm and 8.50pm a further four 999 calls were received by police. At 8.50pm a further call was received and he stated he had fallen out with a friend.

"He said he would go mental if police didn't take him to Perth. Due to his drunk and drugged condition he was incapable of heeding warnings. He was taken into custody."

Solicitor Paul Ralph, defending, said his client was using one gram of heroin and drinking alcohol every day.

Mr Ralph said: "He's just been out of control."

Mullen was jailed for a total of 282 days.

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