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Hoax 999 call in Newquay treated as 'malicious'

Hoax 999 call in Newquay treated as 'malicious'

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 1:52pm 6th January 2020.

A suspected hoax 999 call in Newquay about a fire is being treated as 'malicious'.

Crews got the call just after 4.30am on Sunday morning which reported a fire on Station Parade.

Two fire engines were sent to the scene but nothing was found.

Now a warning has gone out that firefighters were taken away from any real emergency.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service was called out to 51 hoax calls in 2016-17.

"At 4.41am critical control received a 999 call from a public telephone kiosk reporting a fire on Station Parade. 

"Based on this information two appliances from Newquay Community Fire Station were mobilised along with a flexi-duty group manager.

"On arrival crews investigated the area and found no sign of fire.

"The incident is being treated as malicious."

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

Anyone with any information should contact Devon and Cornwall Police on 101, or anonymously via Crimestoppers.

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About hoax calls:

All 999 calls made to the Fire and Rescue Service are recorded and can be instantly traced back to the caller. 

This doesn't just apply to land lines; even calls from public phone boxes and mobile phones are taped and could be traced. Even dialling the prefix '141' will not block your identification when making a 999 call.

It is illegal to make a hoax emergency call. People can, and have been, heavily prosecuted for making hoax calls with a fine of up to £5,000 or six months in prison.

Remember - the Fire and Rescue Service knows the phone number you called from, and has a recording of your voice!

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