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Friday, 15 November, 2002, 10:40 GMT
MP wants hoax callers jailed
Striking firefighters
Edward Garnier wants stiff sentences for hoax callers
A Leicestershire MP has demanded prison sentences for hoax callers during the firefighters' strike.

Harborough MP Edward Garnier says hoaxers are putting lives at risk.

"Those who are caught or are contemplating making a hoax call should realise they will be given an exemplary sentence and it will be a custodial sentence," he said during a speech in the House of Commons on Thursday.

In the East Midlands, an estimated 33% of all incidents attended by military Green Goddesses turned out to be hoaxes.

Dangerous and abhorrent

Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott said the attorney general was considered the issue of jail sentences for hoax callers.

One of the worst regions for hoax calls is Northern Ireland, where almost half of all 999 fire emergency calls since the firefighters' strike began have been hoaxes.

Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami was also angered at hoax callers, saying they were putting lives at risk.

"Making hoax calls at any time is dangerous and irresponsible but to do so at this time is abhorrent," he said.

Of 310 calls made in Scotland's largest fire brigade area in the first 10 hours after firefighters walked out, only 68 were genuine.


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