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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-10-03

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Ainsdale man imprisonment for making hoax calls

ALAN Spencer, aged 56, from Ainsdale, Merseyside, was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment at South Sefton Magistrates Court, on Friday, 11 March 2017, after pleading guilty to making hoax calls to Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.  His sentence has since been welcomed by both Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, who had to deal with 6 calls, to the Fire Service, in February and March 2017. We are told that Alen Spencer had been found to have report false fires, bombs and even a shooting to them.

Local Community Inspector Graham Fisher said:- "Hoax calls put lives at risk and are a costly and wasteful use of resources. We follow up every hoax call made to the force and make efforts to trace those responsible. Not only do these calls show a lack of respect for the emergency services, but responding to false calls can divert our staff from genuine emergencies, where people need us most. The Courts take incidents such as this very seriously and I hope this result is reminder to those who make such hoaxes that they will be caught and dealt with robustly by the Police and the Courts."


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