999 call hoaxer jailed

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FIRE crews and other emergency services were called out 10 times in two months by Darren Green and each time it was a hoax.

In all the cost to Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, the ambulance service and the police was £4,942, Blackpool magistrates were told.

But the greatest concern was the chance that tragedy may have struck elsewhere in the county as the services were dealing with Green’s false alarms.

Green, 27, of Manor Road, Fleetwood was jailed for eight weeks after he admitted making 10 false alarm calls .

Adrian Hollamby, prosecuting, said: “The calls were deliberate and persistent.”

Peter Cave, defending, said: “What I still do not know and neither does the probation service is why he made these calls. He was, however, in drink at the time.”

“He is now fully aware of the seriousness of what he has done. He has remorse and I believe that to be genuine.”

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