Journalist jailed for false Skiddaw rescue call

A journalist who made hoax calls to mountain rescuers for a story in the aftermath of the Cumbria floods has been jailed for three months.

Sarah Crickmer, of South Shields, made calls claiming a climber was stranded in Skiddaw to "test" rescuers, West Allderdale magistrates were told.

The 27-year-old was found guilty of two charges of sending false messages to cause annoyance or anxiety.

The calls were made in November 2009 during the aftermath of the floods.

The freelance reporter had been trying to show climbers were not being helped because of the floods, the court heard.

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