Police urge Sheffield parents to warn children about dangers of hoax 999 calls

Parents in Sheffield are being urged to warn their children about the dangers of hoax 999 calls after an 11-year-old boy was ‘abusive and disrespectful’ to emergency call handlers.

Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 8:12 am

The boy, from Arbourthorne, was spoken to by the police and his parents were served with a parental advisory letter about their son’s behaviour as an official warning.

South Yorkshire Police said the young boy made two 999 calls from a mobile phone in which he was abusive and disrespectful to call handlers.

The force said: “It is incredibly irresponsible to make hoax calls like these.

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Police officers in Sheffield are urging parents to warn their children of the dangers of hoax 999 calls

“People call 999 when they require an emergency response; often, someone’s life could be in danger. It’s important that vital resources are not wasted attending a false report, when elsewhere someone could really need us.

“We ask that all parents ensure their children know only to call 999 in an emergency.”

South Yorkshire Police can be contacted on 101.

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