Sunderland 999 hoaxer threatened to slit his wrists

HOAX CALLER: Ian Parkin.
HOAX CALLER: Ian Parkin.
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HOAX menace Ian Parkin found himself back in court once again after his latest 999 nuisance call.

The 32-year-old had already racked up 30 convictions for 54 offences for similar calls to police when he made another report after a 12-hour drinking session.

In the latest fake plea to police, made at 11pm on Sunday, September 28, from a phonebox next to Mowbray Park in Sunderland, he claimed he could hear voices and was going to slit his wrists and kill himself.

When a police officer rushed to his aid, he found Parkin drunk, with a search carried out to try and find the knife he claimed to have during the call failing to uncover any weapon.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard when the Pc realised Parkin was intoxicated and at no risk of carrying through with his threat, he was arrested and interviewed the next day.

Lee Poppett, prosecuting, said: “He said he had been drinking from perhaps noon and had a little bit too much to drink and at 8pm he found out that his nanna had died.

“At 11pm he had gone for a walk to clear his head and at that point put himself on a scale of one to 10, 10 being the most drunk, at about eight.

“He accepts by calling 999 saying he was going to kill himself and had a knife he might have caused harm.”

Parkin, of Hudson Road, Hendon, admitted communication of false information to Northumbria Police for the purpose of causing distress or anxiety.

Chris Wilson, mitigating, said the same court had given Parkin a suspended 16 week jail term on August 22, with the latest hoax putting him in breach of that sentence.

He added he was working well with the Probation Service.

“These occurrences are still occurring when Mr Parkin is under the influence of alcohol, but for the death of his grandmother he wouldn’t have been as drunk,” added Mr Wilson.

Magistrates said they wanted to hear reports from probation officers before they sentence him. The case was adjourned until today.