Northamptonshire’s chief fire officer has said he is pleased with the result of a case in which a serial hoax caller was handed a suspended prison sentence.
Martyn Emberson was speaking after Rizwan Ahmed Bashir received three concurrent six-month custodial sentences, suspended for two years, for falsely claiming to be reporting genuine emergencies.
Bashir, of Abbots Way, Northampton, was sentenced by magistrates in the town on Wednesday, June 25. He was also given a 12-month supervision order and ordered to pay £580 costs.
The court heard recordings of the hoax 999 calls made to the fire and rescue service, which is administered by Northamptonshire County Council.
Mr Emberson said: “Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service takes this type of activity very seriously and I am extremely pleased that we have been able to successfully prosecute this prolific hoax caller.
“Making hoax calls is simply not acceptable. It means that fire crews and other resources are diverted from where they are really needed, such as a road traffic collisions or genuine fires. This not only puts people’s lives at risk but wastes both time and money.”
Cllr André González De Savage, county council cabinet member for public protection said: “Hoax callers are extremely irresponsible and this behaviour will not be tolerated.
“Modern technology means we can trace every call. We can have a phone cut off where we can prove it’s been used for a hoax and, as has happened in this case, we can refer to the police for a prosecution.”