The man made thousands of 999 calls and threatened to kill employees with a machete

Paul Hennessy threatened to kill ambulance personnel

Paul Hennessy made four calls a day for 18 months (Images: SWNS/Getty Images)

A scammer made more than 2,000 fake calls to emergency services – and threatened to kill ambulance staff with a machete.

Paul Hennessy, 57, has been making an average of four calls a day for 18 months, using aliases, to spread lies, including that he has gone into cardiac arrest.

He once claimed to have been attacked with an unknown substance on his doorstep – but when officers arrived he had no signs of injury.

He also told an operator he was attacking ambulance personnel with a machete at a make-ready center in Hastings, East Sussex, where ambulances are being prepared for deployment.

And he said he would kill a crew if it was sent to his address.

The service spent thousands on extra security for workers.

Hennessy, from St Leonards, admitted to sending threatening electronic messages on two counts and was sentenced to a year in prison at Lewes Crown Court.

PC Darren McCann said the phone bug had become “notorious” for “wasting valuable time on 999 calls where police and ambulance workers could have responded to real emergencies”.

The officer added: “We hope he has time to reflect on his appalling behavior in prison.”

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