Man jailed at Lincoln Magistrates Court after sending abusive messages about the cutting of Fireman Sam promotional material
A telecoms engineer who sent abusive messages to Lincolnshire's chief fire officer in response to the service axing Fireman Sam from its promotional material, was jailed at Lincoln Magistrates Court earlier today (November 27).
Jeremy Flashman, 56, rang fire officer Les Britzman and swore at him after the officer was interviewed by Piers Morgan on breakfast television.
Although Mr Britzman hung up, he later received an e-mail and a voicemail message in which Flashman was abusive about the fire chief's mother, partner and the officer himself.
Kate Minihane, prosecuting, said: "Mr Britzman found the contents deeply disturbing and upsetting.
"He finds it hard to understand how someone could get so angry and abusive about something like this."
Flashman was traced through the mobile phone he used to make the calls.
District judge, Peter Veits, when passing sentence told Flashman: "This was an absolute tirade.
"You sent an abusive email.
"Not satisfied with that you got through to his work mobile and started off with personal abuse.
"You then sent an email.
"It was absolutely abysmal behaviour.
"Whatever the rights and wrongs of Fireman Sam, the chief fire officer did not deserve this level of abuse.
"There is no other sentence but prison that is appropriate for this."
Flashman - of Kings Road, Southminster, Essex - admitted three charges of sending an offensive, indecent or obscene message to Mr Britzman on September 11 this year.
He was jailed for 10 weeks and ordered to pay a £121 surcharge.
Tony Freitas, Flashman's lawyer, said: "He knows full well his actions have gone too far.
"He describes it as a moment of madness. A mad rant.
"He is very embarrassed.
“He apologises profoundly to Mr Britzman."
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