A HOAXER who made 999 calls to police in Burton with phoney reports of guns and a bomb has abandoned his appeal.
Armed response units were deployed in full scale operations several times to the home of Matthew Pike, in Westfield Road.
After searches and investigation, each time the police realised they were hoaxes.
He was rumbled after setting a fire at his home on 9 February and attempting to incriminate ex business partner Caroline Hobson.
Pike, 20, formerly of Westfield Road, was later jailed by magistrates at Burton for one year for offences of making hoax calls, wasting police time and arson.
He lodged an appeal to Stafford Crown Court against the length of the sentence, but withdrew it after Judge Paul Glenn told him he was “lucky” to be detained for only a year.
He said: “This sentence was actually very low. He is extremely lucky he didn’t come to the crown court in the first place, because I would have sent him down for at least two years.”
Tim Harrington, opposing the appeal, said Pike’s “bizarre” behaviour began on January 9 this year with a 999 call claiming that a man with a gun had come out of Pike’s house and was shooting it in the air. A full scale armed response, plus dog handlers, was put in to operation and it was two hours before police could be sure it was a hoax.
The following day there was a phoney report of a knifeman chasing someone and on January 11 another ‘gunman’ was supposedly brandishing his weapon.
There was a further gun hoax on January 20, to Crimestoppers, with armed police again attending.
On February 2 Pike made a call to the police identifying himself and claiming he was being harassed by his ex business partner.
Pike’s bomb hoax was made on February 8 in a call claiming it had been planted at his house.
Darron Whitehead, for Pike, said: “This is a young man crying out for help. These are reckless, callous and stupid acts. He has spent a fortnight in custody.
“He has listened with care to what your honour has said and no longer wishes to pursue this appeal.”