Humberside

Crews' anger over hoax fire calls in Scunthorpe

Fire crews have been called to flats in a North Lincolnshire town more than a dozen times this year by either malicious callers or broken alarms.

Crews from Humberside Fire and Rescue have attended the Trent View Flats 13 times in recent weeks with three engines being sent each time.

Officials said the events were becoming " a real problem" and had used up a total of 13 hours of crew time.

Police say their time has also been wasted by the calls.

Pete Baron, of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Malicious false alarms are a real problem to us, particularly as they are a complete waste of our time and totally unnecessary.

"This mindless act puts lives in danger as our fire engines are tied up when they could be needed for a real emergency.

"People who do this should realise the consequences could be very serious should their actions result in someone being seriously injured or even killed due to us not being available for a real emergency.

"Around 7% of calls to Humberside Fire and Rescue Service are as a result of a malicious call but over 50% of calls to Trent View Flats have been malicious during this first quarter.

"The fire service is working closely with Humberside Police in reducing malicious calls, in particular those to Trent View Flats."

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