Hoax call telephone kiosk Mount Pleasant Road, Shrewsbury

6th September, 2013

At 16.50pm on Wednesday 4th September Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service received a 999 call from a young male who said his name was Ryan and was 12 years of age reporting a property on fire in Mount Pleasant Road Shrewsbury. The call was made from the telephone kiosk in Mount Pleasant Road near the shops.

At the time of the incident the two Shrewsbury Crews were dealing with a Large Goods Vehicle Fire in Shrewsbury nr Nescliffe.

This incident resulted in Retained crews from Shrewsbury, Wellington and Baschurch being utilised together with a Whole time crew from Wellington.

The call turned out to be a hoax call which could have put lives at risk with crews being diverted from other parts of the county. The hoax call has also incurred unnecessary expense to Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

All 999 calls are recorded and stored by Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, we are working with West Mercia Police in a bid to trace the offender.

It is an offence to make a hoax call to the fire service and a fine of £2500 and or 51 weeks imprisonment can be imposed. If anyone has any information about this offence they are asked to contact West Mercia Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.