Neil Toomey, of Whitmore Avenue, Brislington, claims he cannot remember why he called 999 twice and ranted at the police control room operators.

The former security officer, 41, pleaded guilty to grossly offensive communications when he appeared at Bristol Magistrates' Court on Thursday (June 10).

On April 13 he shouted abuse including "you f*****g s***t" and "if you don't do your f*****g job, I will".

Toomey told Bristol Live he felt his fine from the court was unfair, he said: "I owe them £200 now."

Asked if he was sorry, he replied: "Of course I am. Nobody likes to be sworn at and shouted at.

"And I'm not a bad person. I've got mental health issues, I'm an alcoholic, but I'm not a bad person. And I'm not in trouble with police every day either."

He said he did not remember why it happened, because he had drunk a bottle of rum before the calls, but it would "definitely" not happen again.

"I respect the police," he said. "I used to be a serving security officer. I used to work with the police every day. I don't attack the police. I attack the bad guys."

She told the court: "The first call was made at 8.49pm. He dialled 999 and said, 'If you don't do your f*****g job, I will.'

"The call handler asked if he had an emergency, and he yelled 'listen'. When they asked again, he yelled 'f*** off' and cleared the line.

"At 8.51pm he made a second call and was very abusive, again telling handlers to do their job. He swore constantly at the call handler and called him a f*****g s**t.

"The handler then ended the call due to Mr Toomey being verbally abusive. It was obvious there was no emergency at the time.

"The call was linked to his home address, officers attended and he was then arrested. He was interviewed and said he couldn't remember any of it."

Toomey told officers he was an alcoholic. When the calls were played back to him, he accepted it was "probably not a nice thing to be shouted at".

The defendant was last before the court in October last year, when he got a conditional discharge for assaulting an emergency worker and a public order offence.

Mark O'Donnell, mitigating, said last year's assault on the emergency worker was not physical.

He added: "Mr Toomey had been in a dispute with his neighbours which got out of hand. He barricaded himself in his house and called police when two of his neighbours were banging on his door.

"He picked up a knife when police entered, and he put it down when he was threatened with a Taser."

Mr O'Donnell said his client has received help from mental health services in the past, at times living in supported accommodation, but he has not been getting "a great deal" of support recently due to the pandemic.

"He has fallen out with his neighbours, he feels threatened and he is paranoid," the lawyer added. "He is in the grip of an addiction to alcohol."

Toomey receives between £650 and £700 a month in Disability Living Allowance.

Presiding Justice Michael Hockett imposed a fine of £80, prosecution costs of £85 and a victim services surcharge of £34.

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