A WOMAN has been told she could go to prison if she does not stop calling 999.

Susan Isherwood, aged 56, of Sumner Avenue, Ainsworth, has called the emergency number so many times the courts have now stepped in to stop the hoax calls to police operators.

Isherwood, who has a history of alcohol problems, and driving and public order offences, made a false call to Bury Police on April 18, 2013, and was fined £100 by magistrates after admitting wasting police time.

On August 27 last year, Isherwood again called 999 claiming there was an emergency. She appeared at Bury Magistrates Court on February 21, when she admitted wasting police time.

At a further hearing on March 13, Isherwood was handed a community order and ordered to receive alcohol dependence treatment for a year.

On April 30, Bury magistrates imposed a CRASBO — a criminal anti-social behaviour order — banning her from contacting police, or getting someone else to, unless it is a genuine emergency. Breaching the CRASBO could mean she will sent to prison.

PC Lucia Cronin, of Bury Police, who dealt with the case, said: “Hoax calls tie up emergency service staff when they could be dealing with genuine emergencies.

“We want this sentence to send a clear message to this woman and the community that this type of crime will not be tolerated and that police and partner agencies will take all complaints seriously.”