Man threatens to ‘shoot coppers’ in calls to Humberside Police

Man threatens to shoot coppers in calls to Humberside Police

Man threatens to ‘shoot coppers’ in calls to Humberside Police

A man who threatened to ‘shoot loads of coppers’ in abusive 999 calls has appeared at Grimsby Magistrates Court.

Grimsby man Andrew Kettlewell admitted to making three calls separate called to Humberside Police on September 15.

Speaking to the force’s call responders, the 48-year-old said:

“You are going to need a f***ing ambulance.

“I’m going to shoot ten of your officers.

“I’m going to get a gun and shoot them out of here.”

Appearing at Grimsby Magistrates Court on Friday 25 September, Mr Kettlewell admitted to making the calls, pleading guilty to making threats for the purpose of causing distress.

He also claimed that he has no access to, and no intention to obtain a firearm.

Kettlewell’s defence solicitor Gary Bulbeck added:

“He has issues with alcohol and suffers mental health issues.

“His psychosis and depression has been exacerbated during lockdown as he hasn’t been able to speak to family members and has increased his alcohol intake.

“He accepts that he made the calls. However, he can only recall one of them.”

He confirmed that the defendant is seeking help for his addiction.

The incident was soon followed by the tragic death of Sgt Matiu Ratana, who was shot by a suspect who was being taken into custody.

The tragic event occurred last Friday, on the same day as Andrew Kettlewell’s court appearance.

The suspect, who is believed to have also shot himself, remains in hospital in critical condition.

The man suspected of having supplied the firearm was arrested yesterday, and remains in custody at a South London police station.

Andrew Kettlewell has been released on bail.

Judge Curtis told him:

“These are trying times. You should get your head down and keep out of trouble.”

He is due to appear at court for sentencing on October 16.