Mum who tried to frame neighbour as machete thug caught after she was overheard saying 'I'm blagging it' in 999 call

A BLUNDERING mum was caught out trying to frame her neighbour as a machete-wielding thug when she was heard boasting "I'm blagging it" in the 999 call.

Emma Ravenscroft claimed Daniel Hall  held a blade to her throat during a furious row in the street after someone daubed 'slag' on her car in bleach.

But the hapless 26-year-old forgot to hang up the phone after a frantic call to cops – and was heard telling her boyfriend: "I’ve said Dan came out with a machete but I’m blagging it.

"He’s getting locked up tonight. This will get him nicked now.''

Ravenscroft has now been slapped with a restraining order and £50 fine after being convicted of wasting police time and criminal damage at Stockport Magistrates Court.

She was also ordered to pay £185 costs and given a 12 month community order but was cleared of assaulting Daniel and his girlfriend Kim Doughty.


The court heard Ravenscroft and her neighbour Daniel had been locked in a bitter feud over her friendship with Kim.

On December 29, armed cops were scrambled to their street in Handforth, near Wilmslow, Cheshire, after she called 999 claiming she had been threatened.

During the hoax call, Ravenscroft told a call handler: ''He's running around with a machete and I’m now hiding in the car with my boyfriend.
''He’s got a big machete in his hand and he just tried to get me with it – he held it against my throat.''


Daniel was arrested but Ravenscroft's web of lies unravelled when she forgot to hang up after the bogus call.

He told the court: "Emma's my neighbour and its safe to say there’s no love lost between us. On the date in question I was at my home with Kim who was staying over.

"We were just getting ready to turn all the lights off for the night when we heard ranting and raving outside from Emma. We couldn’t properly hear what was being said 0 just loud shouting.

''We then heard a loud crash and realised the living room window had been smashed. I told Kim to stay where she was and call 999.

"Next time I opened the door there were up to five armed officers there.


''At first I assumed this must be in response to my 999 call but Emma had told them I chased her up the street with a machete. I don’t have a machete – never have.''

Ravenscroft repeatedly denied lying about the drama – even claiming cops should have been looking for a fishing knife, not a machete.

She also insisted her car had been vandalised on several occasions and told the court she was "scared for my life" when she made the call to police.


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Ravenscroft said: "All I thought was I’m finally going to be able to get him done for something. I’d done nothing wrong. I thought I’d be able to get him arrested and stop all of this.

"The end of the call was me trying to put my partner's mind at ease. I was trying to reassure him.

"I was not concocting a story but I don’t know why I’ve used the word ‘blag’. It wasn’t malicious and it wasn’t a lie. I said machete not fishing knife and that’s why it’s all backfired.''

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