Hoax call warning after reveller rang 999 to book a taxi


POLICE have warned people not to make hoax calls over the festive period after revealing how a reveller rang 999 to ask if she could book a taxi as she had no credit on her mobile phone.

Every year lives are potentially put at risk by hoax callers and those people who are not in an emergency situation dialling 999 and tying up phone lines and operators, meaning that those in a genuine emergency situation may not reach the emergency services as quickly.

Temporary Chief Superintendent Glenn Gudgeon, head of Operations Command at Cleveland Police, said: “Inappropriate calls to the police service prevent and delay genuine emergency calls from getting through to the operators in our control room, potentially risking the lives of those who need urgent assistance.

“Some of our inappropriate calls come from children who may not be fully aware that they shouldn’t be ringing 999.”