In an emergency always call 999

Creswell man receives ticket after hoax call led to police and mountain rescue search

Posted on 25th June 2014

A man from Creswell has been fined for making a hoax call which led to a police and mountain rescue search.

The 23-year-old was given the £90 penalty for wasting police time after enquiries showed he had made the false 999 call to police on Sunday, June 15.

During the call the man claimed his friend had fallen at Creswell Craggs, that he was stuck and in a lot of pain from his head and back.

Officers and Derby Mountain Rescue Team attended and carried out a two hour search of the area, but no one who was suffering injuries was found. They also spoke to other visitors who had not seen anyone fall in the area.

Inspector Frank Burns, who is in charge of policing in the Creswell and Bolsover areas, said: “A hoax call such as this has the potential to divert resources away from a real emergency, and those who are in genuine need of help.

“People should only call 999 when they need the police on an urgent basis, where there is risk to life or property or where the offenders are still at or near to the scene of a crime.”

Insp. Burns added: “We will always take action against anyone sound to be making hoax calls to the emergency services.”

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