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“WHEN THEIR TIME IS WASTED, IT IS MOST FRUSTRATING” – HOAX CALL SEES POLICE RESPOND AT SPEED TO RYDE

2 boys have been identified as being behind a hoax call that saw several Police units respond at speed to Ryde last night (Tuesday).

Numerous officers, including the specialist Armed Response Unit and a Dog Unit, were called to Simeon Street Recreation Ground at just gone 19:00.

A 999 call had been received reporting ‘something’ occurring in the area.

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A swift search of the playing field was conducted but nothing untoward could be found. Police soon identified 2 young boys, of undisclosed age, at the exit onto Simeon Street. It was then confirmed that the call was a false report.

The boy directly responsible for the phone call was escorted home and follow-up work will be done with his parents, according to Hampshire Constabulary.

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A spokesperson for the force has said:

“We would like to take this opportunity to remind people that our Contact Management staff do a hugely important and demanding job, speaking to people who are often in very difficult, upsetting or dangerous situations. When their time is wasted, it is most frustrating.

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“They come to work to help the people of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. It is vital people do not make inappropriate emergency calls. You could be stopping someone who has a real emergency from getting through to our call handlers”.

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Sue
Sue
1 month ago

Why were two young boys out that time of night in the dark on their own on a school night? Hope the parents are proud of themselves. Shame on you! You need to teach your kids some respect??
There could of been a real emergency and they wasted police time! Keep up the good work, everyone appreciates your very hard work. XX

ISLANDGIRL
ISLANDGIRL
Reply to  Sue
1 month ago

We have no idea how old they are. 7pm on a school night is NOT that late. back in the day, it used to be “wait till you get home”!!!
Kids do stupid things. this is no excuse though. Hopefully, getting caught was enough to stop them doing it again.

Very Old Bill
Very Old Bill
1 month ago

‘Contact Management Staff’ ??…is that what we have to call our front-line police officers now ??

Stupidity !
Stupidity !
1 month ago

Seems many youngsters do not know right from wrong… putting others at risk is never right… maybe the parents need to get back to basics and teach their kids properly.

Abel
Abel
Reply to  Stupidity !
1 month ago

I think any children caught doing criminal acts should have their child allowance and child tax credits stopped for a year.

Then and ONLY then would their parent, or, more rarely parents then show any ‘genuine’ concern.

The saved money could be used to compensate the victims of their vile deeds

Get it right
Get it right
Reply to  Abel
1 month ago

Oh wow assumptions being made here. Lol Who says their parents are on tax credits ? But I do agree it would certainly hit those parents hard should their children behave or go down the wrong path one too many times. It all starts at home I guess!!

 

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