A serial hoax 999 caller has been given a suspended prison sentence after a prosecution by Northamptonshire’s Fire and Rescue Service.
Rizwan Ahmed Bashir, of Abbots Way, Northampton, appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday and received three concurrent six-month custodial sentences, suspended for two years, plus a 12-month supervision order and £580 costs.
The court heard recordings of the calls made by Bashir, who had continually contacted the fire and rescue service insisting that he was reporting genuine emergencies.
Chief Fire Officer Martyn 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.”
Councillor André González De Savage, county council cabinet member for dtrategic infrastructure, economic growth and 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.”A