Magistrates have warned a heroin addict from Rhyl he is on his ‘last chance’ after a fake kidnapping.
Police officers received two anonymous phone calls claiming Simon Broome had been attacked and put in the back of a van near the town’s library. The 35 year-old turned up a short time later unharmed, saying he had been driven to Denbigh Moors and it had been the second time he was kidnapped.
But Llandudno magistrates heard police had doubted his story because his voice was similar to that on the phone calls, he had returned to Rhyl quickly and CCTV footage had shown him wearing different clothes to those he said he was wearing.
Broome, an ex-footballer, admitted wasting police time as well, failing to surrender to custody, two shop thefts in Rhyl and a community order breach. His defence said he had been subject to threats of violence and appeared regularly in court because of his drug problems, although he was now in a relationship.
Broome was given a 16-week jail sentence suspended for two years. He must also observe an overnight curfew for sixteen weeks and pay £200 in costs.
Source: Rhyl Journal