A pregnant 21-year-old who repeatedly harassed another woman has been spared jail.

Minshull Street Crown Court heard how 21-year-old Shelby Gratty, of Oak Tree Drive in Dukinfield, repeatedly harassed another woman who she 'did not know' in October this year.

Prosecuting, Claire Brocklebank, described how Gratty ordered five takeaways to be delivered to the complainant's address and made hoax calls to the fire service.

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On these occasions, the court heard how the complainant was forced to explain she had not ordered the takeaway food or called the emergency services.

Ms Brocklebank said Gratty, who is eight-week pregnant, also harassed the woman on Facebook and, when the complainant blocked her, she set up another account and contacted her again.

She messaged: "If you don' t want trouble at your door, keep out of it."

On October 9, Gratty reported a fire at the complainants address and a fire engine attended - at a cost of £350 of public money.

Ms Brocklebank said Gratty messaged: "Is your house on fire hahahaha"

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She also said: "The black c**t is on fire", which Ms Brocklebank said the complainant believed to allude to her ex-partner.

In a statement read out at Minshull Street Crown Court, the complainant said: "I have recently lost my sister.

"This has caused me a great deal of anxiety and stress The last thing I need is someone I don't even know harassing me."

The court heard how Gratty had previous convictions for making nine hoax calls to the police when she sent officers to another complainant's address.

It was stated she had shown a private video of a man to his mother and his sisters and was serving a suspended sentence for a drugs offence, of which she still had one month to serve and had subsequently breached.

Gratty, who pleaded guilty to harassment of another and to sending false messages by public electric communications network, causing annoyance and inconvenience and anxiety, was remanded in custody at Styal Prison in Cheshire.

Defending, Mark Harper said Gratty was pregnant and that the last five days in Styal Prison was a 'wake up call'

He said Gratty had described being in custody as the "worst five days of her life."

He said she accepted her actions and use of social media had been "unacceptable" and stated she had mental health issues and had suffered domestic violence.

He said: "She had strong mitigation and her own vulnerability that she presents."

He said she realised if she carried on in the way she had been doing she would end up in prison.

Miss Recorder Abigail Hudson said Gratty's actions had caused "persistent, albeit it limited, distress" to the complainant and said this was aggravated by previous convictions.

She said Gratty had wasted public money, put people in genuine need at risk by hoax calling emergency services and caused restaurants to lose money cooking food that was not required.

She said: "Your offending is quite frankly mean.

"I understand you are immature but people don't behave like this just because they are a bit childish. Causing a fire engine to attend is a disgraceful thing to do.

"You were incredibly fortunate in March not to go into prison for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. You should go to prison but you are only 21.

"I give you the benefit of the doubt and will give you one final chance and one final probation order.

"If you breach the order you will go into custody."

An emotional Gratty appearing on video link from Styal Prison held her head in her hands and said "Thank you so much."

Miss Hudson sentenced her to a 21 month sentence suspended for 24 months, 25 days Rehabilitation Activity Requirement days and 80 hours unpaid work.

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