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Hoax 999 call 2 arrested

Alert message sent 13/11/2019 11:08:00

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Two teenage boys have been arrested and bailed as police in Hastings investigate a hoax 999 call.

The Friday night incident has highlighted the dangers of abusing the emergency system and tying up key resources that may have been genuinely needed elsewhere.
The boys are alleged to have told a call handler that a firearm had been produced during a weekend party.
Police reacted swiftly, with armed officers deployed to an address in St Leonards-on-Sea. But on arrival they found nothing there.
Inspector Olivia Carroll, of Hastings police, said: "The 999 system exists to report incidents where there are fears for someone's safety and well-being, or a crime is in progress.
"Abusing its use not only risks blocking genuine calls needing immediate life-saving responses, but is completely anti-social and inevitably has cost implications."
Two local boys, both 14, have been arrested on suspicion of wasting police time and possessing cannabis, a Class B drug, with intent to supply.
Both have been released on bail pending further enquiries.



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