Man charged with making malicious communications to 999

Officers have charged a Birmingham man with making malicious and racially aggravated calls following a number of calls made to the police 999 system.

Over 20 calls of a malicious and racist nature were made to operators over the last two months.

Following investigations, police yesterday (Wednesday 26 July) charged a 46-year-old man from Balsall Heath with six counts of malicious communications to the 999 system, plus a racially aggravated public order offence and criminal damage to a police vehicle.

Shika Khimji, from Stensham Road, was remanded in custody to appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court on today (Thursday 27 July).

Temporary Detective Sergeant Tom Lyons from the force’s prisoner handling unit, said: “Misuse of the 999 or the police 101 non-emergency number − deflects resources away from people in genuine need of assistance or those who are reporting serious crimes.

“For instance, West Midlands Police receives more than 1,500 calls a day to the 999 number and our operatives have to deal with each one accordingly. Anyone found repeatedly abusing this system risks arrest and being put before the courts.”