No charges for girls in hoax 999 call

Dr David Macklin of Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Det Chief Insp Lisa Griffin at a press conference appealing to trace the caller.
Dr David Macklin of Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Det Chief Insp Lisa Griffin at a press conference appealing to trace the caller.

TWO 10-year-old Bridlington girls who ended up costing police around £3,000 in resources after making a hoax 999 call will not face criminal charges.

The two girls called the Yorkshire Ambulance Service on July 30 claiming to be a three-year old girl called Ellie whose mum had collapsed in her kitchen at home in Leeds and was not moving.

Ambulance control staff were unable to trace the call and a national police search was launched, with more than 12 officers being involved in the case at one stage.

Now after considering the case the Youth Offending Team and the Crown Prosecution Service have decided that no criminal charges will be brought.

Detective Superintendent David Pervin, from West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “The investigation of this hoax call took up a significant amount of police time and resources that could have been better spent dealing with real incidents.

“The girls involved in the incident are now going through a formal process to challenge their behaviour and make them appreciate the impact of their actions.

“We hope it teaches them a very important lesson about how misuse of the 999 system can cause significant unnecessary work for the emergency services, and how hoax calls can result in diverting limited resources away from dealing with incidents where there are genuine calls for help from members of the public.”

•For the full story see next Thursday’s Free Press.