Hoax 999 caller has phone disconnected
Firefighters from Penzance Community Fire Station attended a report of a kitchen fire at around 10 o'clock on Saturday morning.
Upon arrival at the address given, it was obvious the call had been made maliciously. The hoax caller then made further 999 calls to the fire service, taking up the valuable time of the Fire Control operators. Because making hoax calls is a criminal offence, Devon & Cornwall Police were informed and a request made to the telephone company to have the telephone disconnected and the number rendered useless. This was achieved a few minutes later.
Cornwall Fire & Rescue Services (CFRS) points out that in addition to the criminal offence of making malicious hoax calls to the emergency services, it is also a breach of contract between the subscriber and the telephone service provider.
To stop persistant hoax callers abusing the 999 system, the facility exists to use this breach to have the contract terminated immediately. CFRS reports that this was invoked successfully and that the hoax calls soon stopped.
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