This is how a hoax emergency callout wasted precious time last night - ‘ risking the lives of genuine people who may need us for a real emergency’

Police have revealed how their time was wasted last night risking lives.

A post on Police Antrim & Newtownabbey Facebook page details the reality of two hoax ‘999’ calls - and the impact it has on police officers.

The post says: “So the night shift is under way.

“Imagine this, we get two 999 calls looking police assistance.

The emergency callout

“We are dispatched to Donegore Drive in Antrim only to be greeted by the image posted.

“Two 999 calls wasted, risking the lives of genuine people who may need us for a real emergency.

“Not only disgusting behaviour but more importantly LIFE THREATENING.






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