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.
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.
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.
“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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