A PENSIONER has been made subject to an anti-social behaviour order after repeatedly phoning the police.

Eugene Brocklehurst, aged 69, had repeatedly rung the Greater Manchester Police switchboard claiming to have committed serious crimes or knowing about a bomb.

On August 6 last year, he called the switchboard at GMP headquarters eight times in two hours.

Last month Bolton magistrates found Brocklehurst, of Sandpiper Close, Farnworth, guilty of persistently making use of a public communications network to cause annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety.

Stephen Teasdale, defending, said Brocklehurst had not appreciated the problems he had caused.

He was given a 12 month community order, with 12 months supervision. Now magistrates have issued an anti-social behaviour order for two years, prohibiting Brocklehurst from phoning the emergency services except to make a genuine report.