A pensioner plagued 999 operators with dozens of nuisance calls, a court heard.

Bryn Doel, 70, accused police of letting terrorists and murderers stay in the country in several of the calls.

He was convicted of two charges of persistently making use of a public communication network to cause annoyance.

Doel repeatedly made calls to the West Yorkshire Police Force Control Centre between December and April this year.

Bill Astin, prosecuting, said: “The calls to police were persistent and in their dozens.

“They were all of a similar nature, accusing police of being incompetent and using abusive and threatening language towards police staff.

“In one call he called police a disgrace in letting terrorists and murderers into the country.

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“In another he said he didn’t care if he took his own life or an officer’s.

“There were lots and lots of phone calls wasting police time.

“Unfortunately, Mr Doel doesn’t seem to be getting the message.”

The former miner’s previous convictions include harassing members of Millbridge WMC at Liversedge - where he was previously a member for 30 years.

His solicitor Neil Topham said that his client was aggrieved at the way police had treated him in the past.

He added that while Doel, of Cliff Court in Liversedge, did not have any mental health problems he committed the offences whilst under the influence of alcohol.

Deputy District Judge James Hatton sentenced Doel to a community order with 20 days of rehabilitative activities.

He told him: “The solution to your problems is not contacting police when it’s inappropriate to do so.”

Doel was also fined £50 and ordered to pay £300 costs as well as £85 victim surcharge.