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Aberdeen woman dialled 999 and asked police to deliver engagement present for her

Aberdeen Sheriff Court
Aberdeen Sheriff Court

A woman has admitted wasting police time after dialling 999 and asking officers to her home to deliver a present.

Carol Anne Milne called the police four times on Monday morning, demanding they visit her address in Aberdeen city centre.

The 54-year-old repeatedly claimed she was ill or injured and needed urgent assistance.

However, when emergency services turned up at the door she said she was just looking for them to deliver a gift to another officer who had just got engaged.

Milne appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday and admitted making the nuisance phone calls.

The court heard that the calls began at 4.50pm. During the first conversation Milne told the call handler that she was on the floor and could not get up.

Both police and the ambulance service arrived at her home at 15 Richmond Street, Aberdeen, but were unable to get access to the property as her front door was on a chain.

Fiscal Depute Lynzi Souter said that eventually Milne got up from the floor and took the door off the latch before lying back down on the floor again.

She said she tried to make it appear as if she had been lying there the whole time.

The court heard when Milne was assessed she was not found to be injured in anyway, but officers thought she may have been under the influence of alcohol.

She then made another three calls to the police over the next six hours – and during the final one told the operator she wanted police to attend as she needed a parcel delivered.

Milne was informed that the police did not act as a delivery service and was told no one else would be going to her home that day, Mrs Souter said.

However Milne said that she had a knife and threatened to harm herself if they did not attend, prompting officers to attend and they were given a gift-wrapped present.

Representing the first offender solicitor Alex Burn said his client had bought the gift for an officer who had recently become engaged and she was hoping the police would take it away for her.

He said she accepted the alcohol had clouded her judgement.

Sheriff Edward Savage deferred sentence Milne for background reports to be carried out. She was remanded in custody and will appear in court again later this month.