Hoaxers get msg.
HOAX callers who phone 999 on their mobiles are being sent a text message warning: "If U do it again U will B cut off."
Firefighters at a city station came up with the idea after they got 50 malicious calls every month.
The callers to the fire station in Highgate, Birmingham, were traced and told: "U made a hoax call 2 emergency services."
The number of calls has now been slashed to just three a month. Malcolm Westwood of West Midlands Fire Brigade said: "This has worked well."
The country's 61 fire brigades may now introduce the scheme.
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Jul 17, 2001|
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