Cleveland Police warning over hoax 999 calls
Police have issued a warning after a spate of hoax 999 calls reporting fights involving weapons.
Cleveland Police received four malicious calls last week falsely reporting violence involving knives and swords.
They have to send more officers to these call-outs than usual and said wasting time could "cost lives".
Assist Chief Constable Sean White said hoaxes took officers away from real emergencies.
He said: "When a caller reports an incident involving a weapon, the response can involve the dog section, armed response officers and more officers on the ground being deployed to ensure the safety of members of the public."