A WOMAN who abused the 999 call system has been given a criminal anti-social behaviour order (CRASBO) banning her from using any telephone kiosk in England for two years.

Christine Cornish, 31 and of Weston Road in the city, was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison in March for persistently making use of the public communication network to cause annoyance or inconvenience.

The CRASBO, granted at Gloucester Magistrates' Court today, means that she will be arrested if found in a kiosk, where she has previously made a number of the nuisance calls.

PC Steve Crown said: "This was a good outcome and means we have an extra tool to deal with Ms Cornish's behaviour.

"At its worst Ms Cornish was calling us two or three times a day.

"Initially the calls were silent but then they became abusive and full of obscenities.

“Clearly that was unacceptable and a waste of the valuable time of the blue light services , potentially putting people involved in emergencies at risk.

“We hope now that she will get the help she needs to tackle this problem."