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Story by: JOHN ELWORTHY
Monday, February 3, 2014
A woman bombarded Cambridgeshire police and crime commissioner Sir Graham Bright with so many calls it took one of his staff half a day to listen to them.
But Sir Graham was only one of the targets for a 50 year-old Fenland woman.
Since 2008, a court was told, she made 321 calls to police and in the space of four months phoned Roddons Housing Association 90 times.
Fenland District Council was also targeted, receiving 27 calls in seven months, Kings Lynn magistrates were told.
The court made Marlena Al Bandak, 50, of High Broadgate, Tydd St Giles, the subject of an anti-social behaviour last Wednesday.
The order bans her from calling police unless she is in genuine need of the emergency services and restricts her to sending only one email to Fenland District Council or Circle Housing Roddons per month with a summary of any complaints.
She is also banned from engaging in anti-social behaviour.
Inspector Robin Sissons said: “This woman effectively wasted a large amount of police time through her continued phone calls to the police and other agencies. That took up valuable time and resources which could have been more effectively used elsewhere.
“Officers attended her address on numerous occasions to speak with her but every effort to prevent her behaviour proved fruitless.
“Hopefully this order will help to reduce the amount of unnecessary calls she makes and give us the power to prosecute her if she continues.”
Magistrates were told she would often spend more than 20 minutes on each call and would shout down the phone, make complaints about a range of fictitious issues, from neighbour boundary disputes to footballs in her garden, and demand police attend her house.
Numerous attempts to stop her making the calls failed and she often refused to speak to police officers who subsequently attended her home to get more details of her allegations.