Yorkshire street brawl hoaxer in court

A serial hoaxer made a string of phone calls to police claiming mass brawls were going on in his street, a court heard.

Nicholas Fletcher called police just before midnight on December 29 claiming a large number of people were fighting near his home on Gannet Close, Half Acres, Castleford.

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Prosecutor, Karen Mann said police arrived at the house where Fletcher claimed there was fighting, adding: "There were people at that address.

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Given the festive season a party was going on and all was in order."

Miss Mann said a man at the address told police he believed it was a neighbour making a false report to police.

The court heard Fetcher, 29, was stood outside his house watching the police activity in the street.

Miss Mann said: "He denied making the phone call, claiming he was inside his house asleep."

Fletcher was arrested and taken to Pontefract Police Station. He later admitted making a false report to West Yorkshire Police by claiming an offence had been committed. Fletcher asked for two similar offences dating from December 16 and 23 to be taken into account.

The court heard Fletcher was subject to a 12-month conditional discharge when he committed the offences. It was imposed last January for an offence of being drunk and disorderly.

Linda Wood, for Fletcher, said: "I don't think this young man intends to be malicious. There are obviously difficulties, he feels he has been wronged or disturbed and has dealt with it inappropriately but not with an intention of being malicious."

Bench chairman Malcom Clowson adjourned sentence until next month for reports on Fletcher.

He told Fletcher: "The offence you have pleaded guilty to and the two to be taken into consideration are serious. You wasted police time.

"They have enough on their plate without people like you making malicious phone calls."

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