Hoax 999 caller to appear in court

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A MAN is set to appear in court accused of making hoax calls to the police and fire service.

The 44-year-old from Chesterfield allegedly called 999 with a false report of a house fire, then, on the same day, phoned the police to report a fight which hadn’t taken place.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service received an emergency call at around 9am on May 12, from a man reporting a fire at a house on Allpits Road, Calow.

Two fire engines attended the address to tackle the blaze, but crew members found no sign of any flames when they arrived.

The householder at the property confirmed to firefighters the report was a hoax and the original call had been made without his knowledge.

On the same day the man is alleged to have called police to report a fight in Calow which was later found to be false.

He has been charged with giving a false report of a fire and wasting police time.

The man will appear at Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court next Friday.

The maximum penalty for hoax call offences is six months’ imprisonment or a fine of £5,000.