Mum tries to frame neighbour in 999 call – but forgets to hang up on operator

Mum tries to frame neighbour in 999 call – but forgets to hang up on operator


A mum-of-one tried to frame her neighbour as a machete thug after contacting police in a frantic 999 call.

But she was caught out after she forgot to hang up and was overheard saying: "I'm blagging it – this will get him nicked now."

Emma Ravenscroft, 26, had falsely claimed Daniel Hall had held the large blade to her throat during a confrontation in the street.

She rang police after someone had used bleach to write the word 'slag' onto the bonnet of her car.

During the hoax call which triggered a major security alert, Ravenscroft who had been locked in a feud with Mr Hall told a call handler: "He's running around with a machete and I’m now hiding in the car with my boyfriend.

"He’s got a big machete in his hand and he just tried to get me with it – he held it against my throat."

Armed police were scrambled to the scene in Handforth, near Wilmslow, Cheshire.

Officers smelt a rat when Ravenscroft failed to end the 999 call and was overheard telling her boyfriend: "I’ve said Dan came out with a machete but I’m blagging it. He’s getting locked up tonight. This will get him nicked now."

She was subsequently arrested.

Mr Hall denied any wrongdoing and was not detained.

At Stockport Magistrates' Court, Ravenscroft was convicted of wasting police time and criminal damage to a window at Mr Hall's home and was a ordered to complete a 12 month community order.

She was also issued with a year long restraining order, fined £50 and ordered to pay £185 costs. She was cleared of assaulting Mr Hall and his girlfriend Kim Doughty.

The incident occurred last December 29 after the pair fell out over Ravenscroft's friendship with Miss Doughty.

Mr Hall told the court: "Emma's my neighbour and its safe to say there’s no love lost between us. On the date in question I was at my home with Kim who was staying over.

"We were just getting ready to turn all the lights off for the night when we heard ranting and raving outside from Emma. We couldn’t properly hear what was being said just loud shouting."

"We then heard a loud crash and realised the living room window had been smashed. I told Kim to stay where she was and call 999.

"Emma drove off then came back within 5 minutes and she was kicking and banging at the front door. I opened the front door and said something along the lines of ‘what the f..k are you doing?’ and she struck me twice in the chest.

"Then Kim appears and Emma grabbed her around the throat. She lost her grip on Kim’s throat but then grabbed her arm and tried to pull her outside by her dressing gown.

"I pulled Kim back in and went to shut the door but Emma then tried to gain access by putting her arm in the door frame but eventually gave up and left.

"Next time I opened the door there were up to five armed officers there.

"At first I assumed this must be in response to my 999 call but Emma had told them I chased her up the street with a machete. I don’t have a machete – never have."

Miss Doughty said: "Emma tried to get through the door and she tried to pull me outside by my neck. Her hand slipped from my throat and she grabbed my wrist.

"I made no contact with her I was trying to keep my distance but she grabbed me and pulled me outside – Dan pulled me back in by the neck of my dressing gown.

"Police then arrived saying they were trying to find a machete. I was in shock from the whole situation."

Cheshire Police confirmed several officers attended due to the mention of a machete – but no weapon was found at Mr Hall's home or surrounding area.

An officer who attended said Ravenscroft had left the line open after the 999 call and was heard saying she was going to get him sent to jail.

One of the armed PCs said: "The use of the word ‘machete’ prompts an armed response. Emma came out when we arrived and started shouting about what she said had happened. I went into her house with her.

"Her vehicle had been damaged on a photo she showed me. There was no machete recovered. Whilst I was in with Emma I heard on my earpiece the end of the 999 call which showed Emma saying 'I’m blagging it – this will get him nicked now.'

"We involved specialist officers when we don’t have that many – it was a total waste of a lot of resources."

Ravenscroft, who denied all charges, said: "I’ve been a support network and friend for Kim. She came to me for help at times in the past.

"Then the animosity started. I was at home in my living room just after midnight with my boyfriend and we were about to shut the front curtains when we saw Dan Hall leaning over my car with a white bottle in his hand.

"I went outside to see what he was doing but he’d already left and gone back home. It looked like bleach on the bonnet of my car saying ‘slag’.

"I then went over to Dan's address and I was just upset and wanted to know why he had vandalised my car. I was shouting ‘what do you think you’re doing’. It was a glass I had thrown but it just landed in the garden it didn’t hit his window.

"He’s accused me of vandalising his window before when I haven’t. The smash was already there. I believe Dan doesn’t want me to be friends with Kim. I haven’t done anything to deserve him vandalising my vehicle.

"My boyfriend washed the mark off my car as soon as we saw it because we were scared it would stain my car.

"Kim then shouted me over and tried to pull me into the house and Dan came down the stairs with two knives.

"I now know it was fishing knives and not a machete. He said he was going to kill me and pointed the knife and me and my boyfriend go back to my car and call the police. All I was thinking was I’ve finally got something on him.

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