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Serial hoaxer Arthur Sherry in court again

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: August 23, 2013

A SERIAL hoaxer has walked free from court after admitting his latest offences.

Arthur Sherry, 30, from Tregundy Road, Perranporth, dialled 101 on July 14 and told the police when they arrived that he wanted to be taken to a place of safety.

At Truro Magistrates' Court he pleaded guilty to breaching an antisocial behaviour order (Asbo) made in October 2011 and to possessing cannabis.

The West Briton has previously reported how Sherry had made more than 100 needless calls, costing the public tens of thousands of pounds.

Graham Calderwood, for the prosecution, said Sherry had prior convictions for making false communications to the emergency services including a number of bomb hoaxes, which had resulted in the Asbo.

On July 14 officers had answered his 101 call and found him at a farm at St Agnes.

He told them: "I've had a relapse. I want to go to a place of safety because I'm upset."

The court heard he was drunk and had caused a particular problem for the police, who had to leave a Truro public order incident to attend to him.

Sherry said he had attempted to call a psychiatrist but could not get through.

His other previous convictions included a number of Asbo breaches, possessing cannabis, being drunk and disorderly and making false communications.

Sherry's solicitor Paul Simons described his client's case as "desperately sad.

"He drinks because of his issues, gets upset and then phones the emergency services two or three times to have someone to talk to, to look after him and take an interest in him," he said.

Since last year Sherry had stopped drinking until July 14, when he received some bad news and went out drinking again.

Community psychiatric nurse Bill Trotter said Sherry was on robust medication for post- traumatic stress disorder.

Sherry was given a 12-month supervision order with a requirement to take part in a thinking skills programme, and told to pay £100 costs and surcharge.

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