AN ISLE of Wight man constantly pestered the police and ambulance service with nuisance calls, despite being forbidden from calling them for non-emergency matters.

Michael Clifton-Smith, of High Street, Ventnor, appeared before Isle of Wight magistrates on Tuesday, May 28.

The 36-year-old admitted persistently making use of a public communication network to cause annoyance/inconvenience/anxiety, between November 15 of last year and March 13.

He also admitted failing to comply with a community protection notice, between December 4 of last year and March 12.

Prosecutor, Liz Miller, said Clifton-Smith had been made subject of a community protection notice, forbidding him from calling emergency services, unless in a genuine emergency.

She said, despite this, he continued to make nuisance calls and was described as aggressive and rude toward call takers.

The court heard he phoned the ambulance service on ten occasions, and the police on 21 occasions.  

Narvada Choolun-Boodhoo, defending, asked for a pre-sentence report to be drawn up, telling magistrates Clifton-Smith had mental health problems which started in 2017, and was the victim of a robbery in 2021.

She said his mental health deteriorated following a robbery at an ATM and the reason for making all the calls to emergency services was because he felt insecure.

Clifton-Smith saw his case adjourned to July 12 so an all-options presentence report could be drawn up.

He was granted unconditional bail.

On leaving the dock, Clifton-Smith thanked magistrates for being “fair and just under the king”.