A serial complainer who made persistent calls to the police department that investigates corrupt officers has been given a suspended jail term and a six-week curfew.
David Beaver, 50, of Tulketh Crescent, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, was found guilty of breaching an anti-social behaviour order by making unnecessary and persistent calls to Lancashire Police’s professional standards department and data protection unit at Hutton, near Preston, over a three-month period between January 1 and April 30 this year.
The two-year order was imposed in October 2012 at South Ribble Magistrates’ Court after the former Leyland man was found to have caused a nuisance to police and his neighbours, and had called 999 with “ridiculous claims”.
In one case, he called 999 to report that his bin had been moved – but insists he had been in a dispute with a neighbour who purposely moved his wheelie bin to a place where it would not be emptied.
Beaver caused criminal damage to property, threatened residents, and abused 999 call takers – but pleaded his innocence.
After the Asbo was imposed he moved to Preston from where the new offences took place.
Today he told the Evening Post he had made the calls to the data department in an effort to get information about someone who assaulted him, against whom he wanted to pursue a civil claim.
He said: “This is about me trying to exercise my right as a civilian to get information from the police. They were being obstructive.
“The most calls I made in one day was three. The other 10 were scattered over three months.
“I was assaulted in June 2012, but the man was let off with a police caution.
“I decided to make a civil claim but was told I need to submit the other man’s address details.
“As far as I’m concerned I was calling to ask for an address of someone who had committed a crime against me so that I could pursue a civil claim.
“But they were being difficult and wouldn’t provide the information I needed.
“I was not abusive to anybody. The calls were not complaints, they were to discuss my FOI request. I made 13 calls in three months, but was on the phone for between two and five minutes each time.”
A police source confirmed in the run-up to the period of the offences Beaver has been convicted of, he had made several complaints – including one that he had not received a stamped addressed envelope to send a reply to Lancashire Police.
Each one had taken time to investigate.
During the period of the recent offences, it is understood the calls centred around grievances that he had not been responded to within 28 days.
The magistrates ruled it was a “serious matter” and sentenced him to six weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months, due to his previous record.
He was ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge and costs of £150.
The court heard the offence were committed while Beaver was subject to an 18-month conditional discharge from Chorley Magistrates’ Court for criminal damage, imposed in April 2012.
A police spokesman said the force was pleased the case had concluded but did not want to comment further.