Hoax callers are putting patients’ lives at risk

PUBLISHED: 11:38 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:29 05 May 2010

YOUNGSTERS have been putting patients lives at risk by making hoax 999 calls. The East of England Ambulance Service received three such calls from a payphone at St Nicholas shops and one at the shops in Lonsdale Road, both Stevenage, shortly before 1pm o

YOUNGSTERS have been putting patients' lives at risk by making hoax 999 calls.

The East of England Ambulance Service received three such calls from a payphone at St Nicholas shops and one at the shops in Lonsdale Road, both Stevenage, shortly before 1pm on Wednesday last week.

Ambulance service spokesman Gary Sanderson, who attended the hoax calls in the St Nicholas area said: "When I arrived at the shops the children were still on the phone. I managed to catch up with them and ask them what they were up to. They admitted they had been calling 999 and they took me to see their parents.

"The boys were very apologetic and said it will not happen again. Advice was given to them and their parents about the dangers and consequences of using the 999 system inappropriately."

Any person who makes a hoax call is committing a criminal offence and could face a fine of up to £5,000 and/or be sent to prison for six months.

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