Jail for man who verbally abused 101 call taker

A man who abused a Cambridge Constabulary 101 call taker has been jailed for six weeks.

Sep 1, 2021
By Tony Thompson

Dale Turner, 38, called the force’s non-emergency line on February 9 for an update on a crime.

He was forwarded onto an officer but when his call did not go through, he became agitated and began insulting the call taker.

Turner, of Maryland Avenue, Hartford, was sentenced at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Friday (August 27) after pleading guilty to sending a communication of an offensive nature at a previous hearing.

He was also ordered to pay £150 in compensation.

Police Constable Morgan Gerrity, who investigated, said: “Our call handlers support the public in reporting crimes and provide advice on a whole host of issues. Abusive behaviour towards them will not be tolerated.”

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