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Man jailed for making hoax calls to Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service

Man jailed for making hoax calls to Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service

Friday, 10 March 2017

Officers from Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service have welcomed the sentence of Alan Spencer, 56 years of Woodvale Road, Ainsdale.

Spencer was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment at South Sefton Magistrates Court on Friday, March 10 after pleading guilty to making hoax calls to Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.

Spencer made calls six calls in February and March 2017, to the fire service reporting false fires, bombs and even a shooting.

Local Community Inspector Graham Fisher said: “Hoax calls put lives at risk and are a costly and wasteful use of resources. We follow up every hoax call made to the force and make efforts to trace those responsible.

“Not only do these calls show a lack of respect for the emergency services, but responding to false calls can divert our staff from genuine emergencies, where people need us most.

“The courts take incidents such as this very seriously and I hope this result is reminder to those who make such hoaxes that they will be caught and dealt with robustly by the police and the courts.”

Merseyside Fire Safety Technical Inspector Mark Schuler said: “Merseyside Fire & Rescue Authority has a proactive policy to tackle hoax 999 callers robustly. We investigate all hoax calls we receive and work closely with Merseyside Police to deal with offenders.

“Not only do hoax calls waste the time of Control room operators and firefighters, they cause disruption to the local community and put an unnecessary strain on resources.

“Sending appliances to a hoax call could delay our response to a real emergency and put lives at risk.

“The sentence imposed in this case sends out a strong message that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated.

“We will continue to tackle the problem of hoax callers and urge anyone thinking of making these calls to heed the outcome of this case and think twice.”

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