‘Triple zero pest’ allegedly made almost 2000 prank calls to emergency services

A SERIAL ‘triple zero pest’ has been charged with making almost 2000 prank calls to emergency services.

The 33-year-old Northern Territory man is accused of harassing triple zero call centres in Queensland, NSW, South Australia and Western Australia since 2014.

In all cases, the nuisance calls prevented emergency call takers from answering legitimate emergency calls.


In 2015 alone, the man allegedly made 1862 prank calls to the triple zero service in NSW.

Following analysis of the calls, they were identified as originating in specific locations in the remote Northern Territory community of Palumpa.

Territory police, along with officers from the Australian Federal Police, travelled to Palumpa on Wednesday and arrested the 33-year-old man on multiple charges of misusing an emergency call service.

He was released on bail to appear in the Wadeye Local Court in March next year.

The man’s arrest comes following a major multi-jurisdiction investigation involving the Australian Federal Police, Northern Territory Police, Queensland Police, New South Wales Police and industry technicians.

Police have taken the time to remind the community that wasting the time of triple zero call takers with nuisance calls is an offence and can negatively impact the often life-saving service provided by ‘000’ call centres.