Gazette readers want to see tougher punishments for people who make hoax calls to emergency services

Readers say there should be tougher punishments for people who make hoax or nuisance calls to the emergency services but agree that people with mental health issues should be taken into consideration.

Tuesday, 31st December 2019, 7:37 pm
Updated Thursday, 2nd January 2020, 10:27 am
Readers say there should be tougher punishments for people who make hoax or nuisance calls to the emergency services but agree that people with mental health issues should be taken into consideration.

We asked readers: “Do you think there should be tougher punishments for people who make hoax or nuisance calls to the emergency services?”

And 99% of the 1.1K people that took part with the online poll agreed that there should be tougher punishments.

Here’s what readers had to say:

Martin Parsons said: “They should be fined.

“BT provide the emergency services the location data so finding them shouldn't exactly be a difficult task.”

Judy Read said: “I was watching the news yesterday morning and someone actually called the police to ask the time!

“So too bloody right they should be fined. They’re wasting valuable life saving time.”

Martin Parsons responded to Judy Read, saying: “Read an article yesterday that someone had called the police as they'd been given three saveloys and not one as per their order!”

Tanya Hall said: “Fine them 100% for all 999 services.

“For all three services, stop abusing them, their our life lines – selfish people.”

Jamie Ross said: “They need to be sent the bill for the call out by emergency services for the time and fuel that they wasted.

“If they cannot pay they need to serve a jail term. They are taking away resources that are under strain and could take an ambulance or policeman from a real emergency which could cost someone else their life.”