A representative of the Essex Emergency Response Department has released details of an incident in August when a Southend man called 999 and asked for a police response because his wife was refusing to ‘finish him off’ after a session in the bedroom – he was later arrested and charged with wasting police time.
Shortly after 11pm on 24th August, Stewart Balache of Fairfax Drive made a call to 999 and asked to speak to police because his wife was insisting upon going to sleep after a session of intercourse without, in his own words, ‘finishing him off as well.’
PC Giles Creamer of the EERD spoke to Southend News Network, and he confirmed that Mr Balache was dealt with to the full extent of the law.
He said: ‘This is another example of someone wasting police time and resources by reporting something that was clearly a domestic issue – as far as we could gather from the phone call no criminal offence had taken place whatsoever. Every timewasting call of this nature could be stopping someone who is trying to report a genuine emergency to us, and he has accepted that he may have been putting lives at risk by using 999 in this instance.’
‘This incident reminds us all that low-level domestic issues need to be addressed in a calm and collected manner by the individuals who are concerned. We don’t really want to go into any further details about Mr Balache’s enquiry at this time, but I can confirm that one of our call handlers advised him to resort to more manual methods.’
‘We reminded him that any other attempts to fulfil his demands could result in a criminal offence being committed. We are aware that some long-term couples keep some kind of score or ‘tally’ system to ensure that there are no discrepancies over a length of time, but that would be a matter for a relationship adviser or marriage counsellor. Mr Balache will appear before Southend Magistrates Court on 12th November.
We asked PC Creamer if there have been any other examples of recent 999 misuse in Essex, and he told our Chief Reporter that there has been a sudden increase in misdirected 999 calls.
He said: ‘In July, a man visiting Leigh On Sea called the contact centre to say that he had been mugged, when in fact he had been charged £11.50 for a small coffee and a cheese baguette in an artisan café on Leigh Broadway. More worryingly, a bus driver on Southend Seafront called for police backup after an elderly lady tried to use a 2p coin to pay towards her fare – he told our call handler that her wreckless use of copper coinage was putting the him and the passengers in grave danger.’