Police hoax call warning to time wasters

POLICE are warning of the dangers of time wasting calls after a woman dialled 999 to wish operators a Merry Christmas.

A sound-bite of the hoax call has been released by Herts Constabulary.

The call, made at 1.50am on Sunday, December 26, saw a woman check if it was Christmas day before wishing the call-taker a Merry Christmas.

Assistant manager at the force communications room Jason Baxter said: “This kind of reckless behaviour could not only result in a criminal conviction for the foolish caller. It could also ultimately put other genuine callers’ lives at risk while they wait for their call to be answered or for officers to arrive.

“Our message is making hoax calls like this is not funny or cool. In fact, the joke could be on you should we decide to release your call to the public or even arrest you.”

The maximum penalty for hoax call offences is up to six months in prison and a £5,000 fine. If it involves specifically wasting police time this can be up to seven years behind bars.

To listen to the call visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqfyXgMjUwY