Police in bid to catch Colne hoax callers on camera

PC Mark Walker at the Burrell Avenue telephone box

PC Mark Walker at the Burrell Avenue telephone box

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

CAMERAS are set to be installed in two phone boxes after a string of hoax calls were made to the emergency services from children.

Lancashire Constabulary and North West Ambulance Services have received 21 calls from the phone boxes in Burrell Avenue and North Valley Road, Colne.

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Each time emergency services have been sent to the scene, they have found that no incident has occurred.

Thirteen hoax calls were made from the Burrell Avenue phone box and eight calls were made from the booth in North Valley Road.

Police believe that young children are behind the spate of prank calls, which have increased over the summer holidays.

PC Mark Walker, of Lancashire Police said: “We think that these calls are being carried out by children, but we are determined to find them, whoever is doing it.

“They may think that they are being funny, but these calls can cost lives.

“Everytime that the emergency services are called to a scene, we have to attend and going to these two addresses over the past month has taken up a lot of our time and a lot of the ambulance service’s time.”

PC Walker and his colleges are now in talks with BT to install the CCTV cameras to catch the perpetrators.

PC Walker added: ”Each call is different. Sometimes they are saying that they have been harmed and need police assistance, other times they have said they’ve witnessed a crime in the area. It is detrimental to the police and ambulance service and it has to stop.” In 2012, police installed a camera in a phone box in Albert Road, Colne, after a significant volume of hoax calls.

A BT spokesman said: “We’re always willing to work alongside policing teams to prevent the misuse of our payphones – especially when the misuse results in the diversion of vital emergency services.”

Derek Cartwright, Director of Operations for the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: “Hoax calls undoubtedly can put lives at risk by preventing genuinely sick people from getting the help they need.

“Anyone who thinks making hoax calls to the emergency services is acceptable should consider that it is a criminal offence and we can trace calls from unknown or blocked numbers. There have been occasions when individuals have been prosecuted and jailed, or received an ABSO, for continually making hoax calls to emergency services.”

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4:21pm Thu 4 Sep 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

Why inform people you are putting cameras in the phone boxes.

Why not do it without telling anybody, catch the kids in the act, bill the parents and claim some of our wasted tax money back!
Why inform people you are putting cameras in the phone boxes. Why not do it without telling anybody, catch the kids in the act, bill the parents and claim some of our wasted tax money back! HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 16

5:12pm Thu 4 Sep 14

POW WOW says...

There's no need for pay phone boxes anymore as we are not living in the third world and pretty much everyone has a registered mobile phone.
There's no need for pay phone boxes anymore as we are not living in the third world and pretty much everyone has a registered mobile phone. POW WOW
  • Score: -9

5:36pm Thu 4 Sep 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

POW WOW wrote:
There's no need for pay phone boxes anymore as we are not living in the third world and pretty much everyone has a registered mobile phone.
so you use your mobile for ALL your calls???
[quote][p][bold]POW WOW[/bold] wrote: There's no need for pay phone boxes anymore as we are not living in the third world and pretty much everyone has a registered mobile phone.[/p][/quote]so you use your mobile for ALL your calls??? ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 7

5:49pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 wrote:
POW WOW wrote:
There's no need for pay phone boxes anymore as we are not living in the third world and pretty much everyone has a registered mobile phone.
so you use your mobile for ALL your calls???
I make all my call by mobile phone, I have even unplugged my house phones as the only people that call a land line these days want to sell you something or make you sign up for some fake charity. The only reason most of us have a land line these days is for broadband.
[quote][p][bold]ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]POW WOW[/bold] wrote: There's no need for pay phone boxes anymore as we are not living in the third world and pretty much everyone has a registered mobile phone.[/p][/quote]so you use your mobile for ALL your calls???[/p][/quote]I make all my call by mobile phone, I have even unplugged my house phones as the only people that call a land line these days want to sell you something or make you sign up for some fake charity. The only reason most of us have a land line these days is for broadband. Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 10

6:22pm Thu 4 Sep 14

jenkinsroy says...

Not all have mobiles I for do not like them
and do not have one I still use the land lines
and pay phones it is more reliable than the mobiles
and you get left alone when out?
also when all the technology goes up in smoke AND IT WILL ONE DAY
I will still be abele to phone up as I have not forgotten how to use a
phone like most of our kids will forget how to.
Not all have mobiles I for do not like them and do not have one I still use the land lines and pay phones it is more reliable than the mobiles and you get left alone when out? also when all the technology goes up in smoke AND IT WILL ONE DAY I will still be abele to phone up as I have not forgotten how to use a phone like most of our kids will forget how to. jenkinsroy
  • Score: -2

9:37pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

jenkinsroy wrote:
Not all have mobiles I for do not like them
and do not have one I still use the land lines
and pay phones it is more reliable than the mobiles
and you get left alone when out?
also when all the technology goes up in smoke AND IT WILL ONE DAY
I will still be abele to phone up as I have not forgotten how to use a
phone like most of our kids will forget how to.
Good for you sticking to old technology, but honest mate the worst experience you will get these days is slow internet, unless your very remote and I doubt they would even have had that many pay phones in remote areas anyway.
[quote][p][bold]jenkinsroy[/bold] wrote: Not all have mobiles I for do not like them and do not have one I still use the land lines and pay phones it is more reliable than the mobiles and you get left alone when out? also when all the technology goes up in smoke AND IT WILL ONE DAY I will still be abele to phone up as I have not forgotten how to use a phone like most of our kids will forget how to.[/p][/quote]Good for you sticking to old technology, but honest mate the worst experience you will get these days is slow internet, unless your very remote and I doubt they would even have had that many pay phones in remote areas anyway. Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 3

9:56pm Thu 4 Sep 14

jay1969 says...

jenkinsroy wrote:
Not all have mobiles I for do not like them
and do not have one I still use the land lines
and pay phones it is more reliable than the mobiles
and you get left alone when out?
also when all the technology goes up in smoke AND IT WILL ONE DAY
I will still be abele to phone up as I have not forgotten how to use a
phone like most of our kids will forget how to.
But if you do decide to buy one you could go on Google and learn how too spell able
[quote][p][bold]jenkinsroy[/bold] wrote: Not all have mobiles I for do not like them and do not have one I still use the land lines and pay phones it is more reliable than the mobiles and you get left alone when out? also when all the technology goes up in smoke AND IT WILL ONE DAY I will still be abele to phone up as I have not forgotten how to use a phone like most of our kids will forget how to.[/p][/quote]But if you do decide to buy one you could go on Google and learn how too spell able jay1969
  • Score: -2

11:11pm Thu 4 Sep 14

EYESINTHESKY says...

jenkinsroy wrote:
Not all have mobiles I for do not like them
and do not have one I still use the land lines
and pay phones it is more reliable than the mobiles
and you get left alone when out?
also when all the technology goes up in smoke AND IT WILL ONE DAY
I will still be abele to phone up as I have not forgotten how to use a
phone like most of our kids will forget how to.
What a happy little nihilistic world you must live in, hey. Your post is full of contradictions ... To say the least. So, when as you say 'technology' goes up in smoke you will be relying on payphones or a landline? So, which are few and far between and/or are usually vandalised. Providing you've got at least £1 to make the call. HELLO. Are you not aware that the same technology running those phones would ALSO break down along with everything else? Again, happy little nihilist. Or just a pretend one. I can well imagine a sequel to Shawn of the Dead but have them desperately trying to find a working payphone that works.

I agree with the person above this post.
[quote][p][bold]jenkinsroy[/bold] wrote: Not all have mobiles I for do not like them and do not have one I still use the land lines and pay phones it is more reliable than the mobiles and you get left alone when out? also when all the technology goes up in smoke AND IT WILL ONE DAY I will still be abele to phone up as I have not forgotten how to use a phone like most of our kids will forget how to.[/p][/quote]What a happy little nihilistic world you must live in, hey. Your post is full of contradictions ... To say the least. So, when as you say 'technology' goes up in smoke you will be relying on payphones or a landline? So, which are few and far between and/or are usually vandalised. Providing you've got at least £1 to make the call. HELLO. Are you not aware that the same technology running those phones would ALSO break down along with everything else? Again, happy little nihilist. Or just a pretend one. I can well imagine a sequel to Shawn of the Dead but have them desperately trying to find a working payphone that works. I agree with the person above this post. EYESINTHESKY
  • Score: 0

11:54pm Thu 4 Sep 14

noddy57 says...

Surely you are defeating the object by making it public are you not ?.Is this modern policing ? Sherlock Holmes would not be impressed.
Surely you are defeating the object by making it public are you not ?.Is this modern policing ? Sherlock Holmes would not be impressed. noddy57
  • Score: 0

2:41am Fri 5 Sep 14

Mike-Oxlong says...

jay1969 wrote:
jenkinsroy wrote:
Not all have mobiles I for do not like them
and do not have one I still use the land lines
and pay phones it is more reliable than the mobiles
and you get left alone when out?
also when all the technology goes up in smoke AND IT WILL ONE DAY
I will still be abele to phone up as I have not forgotten how to use a
phone like most of our kids will forget how to.
But if you do decide to buy one you could go on Google and learn how too spell able
Maybe you should read your post back to yourself then practice what you are preaching.
Look up what full stops are for while you're there.
[quote][p][bold]jay1969[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jenkinsroy[/bold] wrote: Not all have mobiles I for do not like them and do not have one I still use the land lines and pay phones it is more reliable than the mobiles and you get left alone when out? also when all the technology goes up in smoke AND IT WILL ONE DAY I will still be abele to phone up as I have not forgotten how to use a phone like most of our kids will forget how to.[/p][/quote]But if you do decide to buy one you could go on Google and learn how too spell able[/p][/quote]Maybe you should read your post back to yourself then practice what you are preaching. Look up what full stops are for while you're there. Mike-Oxlong
  • Score: 1

9:12am Fri 5 Sep 14

useyourhead says...

The only reason this would be published (unless we are paying a bunch of imbecilic morons) is so they DON'T have to put them in, whispers will get round that cameras are in them, calls stop. problem moved if not solved altogether.
The only reason this would be published (unless we are paying a bunch of imbecilic morons) is so they DON'T have to put them in, whispers will get round that cameras are in them, calls stop. problem moved if not solved altogether. useyourhead
  • Score: 2

10:04am Fri 5 Sep 14

HelmshoreBoy says...

PC Walker are you for real?

You must be the numbest copper going!

Why not give every scrote the tip off!

Thick Bas**ard!
PC Walker are you for real? You must be the numbest copper going! Why not give every scrote the tip off! Thick Bas**ard! HelmshoreBoy
  • Score: 2
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