Lancashire TelegraphCCTV camera installed in notorious Colne phone box following hoax calls (From Lancashire Telegraph)

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CCTV camera installed in notorious Colne phone box following hoax calls

Lancashire Telegraph: The phonebox which has been used to make hoax calls The phonebox which has been used to make hoax calls

A CCTV camera has been installed in a phone box in Pendle after hoax calls were made to the emergency services.

Police took the step after a number of calls were made at the phone box in Albert Road, Colne.

The CCTV move is believed to be only the second time such a measure has been deployed by Pennine division police.

Fire bosses say that hoax calls are a serious problem in Pendle and Burnley which could have life threatening consequences if crews are diverted away from a real fire.

Geoff Hudson, community fire safety advocate for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Hoax calls have been a problem in Pendle and Burnley historically.

“People do not realise that they could be potentially be putting lives at risk by diverting fire crews away from real incidents.

“The types of calls that we receive vary greatly but the most common is from groups of kids or teenagers saying that there has been a serious house fire and that someone is trapped inside.

“We try to address the issue by visiting primary schools to hold talks about the dangers of making hoax calls and the role of fire crews.

“The police are very good at catching those involved by tracing phone calls and installing CCTV when necessary.”

Fire service said there had been several incidents in the past month but could not give an exact figure.

Pendle Council leader Coun Joe Cooney blasted those making nuisance calls.

He said: “The police have much better things to do than responding to people making hoax calls.

“Not only is it wasting police time and money it could also be dangerous, taking services away from people who are in need of them.

“In Colne there has also been an issue with people pressing the help point buttons which put people straight through to the central control room. There is one next to the phone box so hopefully the camera will stop people abusing that facility too.”

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2:46pm Tue 9 Oct 12

ron1946 says...

Why tell the idiots about the camera now they won't forget to pull their hoods up.
Why tell the idiots about the camera now they won't forget to pull their hoods up. ron1946
  • Score: 4

3:07pm Tue 9 Oct 12

chris283 says...

ron theses people have no brains ye lets tell every one we have put a camera in the phone box hahahaha
ron theses people have no brains ye lets tell every one we have put a camera in the phone box hahahaha chris283
  • Score: 4

3:48pm Tue 9 Oct 12

happycyclist says...

Well done. Now the hoaxer will just use another phone box.
Well done. Now the hoaxer will just use another phone box. happycyclist
  • Score: 3

3:55pm Tue 9 Oct 12

Malthus says...

I can only agree with the previous posters. Why make people aware that CCTV is present. All that will happen is the unthinking idiots who make these calls will now relocate to an alternative booth. Why did the Lancashire Telegraph and the Emergency Services not keep this under wraps until the perpetrators were caught and prosecuted? However, if by any chance anyone is caught the previous calls should be voice analysed and if their voice matches any other malicious calls they should be forced to pay, in full, for the full cost of all of the call outs.
I can only agree with the previous posters. Why make people aware that CCTV is present. All that will happen is the unthinking idiots who make these calls will now relocate to an alternative booth. Why did the Lancashire Telegraph and the Emergency Services not keep this under wraps until the perpetrators were caught and prosecuted? However, if by any chance anyone is caught the previous calls should be voice analysed and if their voice matches any other malicious calls they should be forced to pay, in full, for the full cost of all of the call outs. Malthus
  • Score: 3

9:13pm Tue 9 Oct 12

DirtyHarry says...

chris283 wrote:
ron theses people have no brains ye lets tell every one we have put a camera in the phone box hahahaha
Nice to see you criticising the Hoaxers as well Chris.
[quote][p][bold]chris283[/bold] wrote: ron theses people have no brains ye lets tell every one we have put a camera in the phone box hahahaha[/p][/quote]Nice to see you criticising the Hoaxers as well Chris. DirtyHarry
  • Score: 1

11:28pm Tue 9 Oct 12

AnthonyUK says...

If somebody died as the result of a fatal delay thru emergency services not getting to a life or death situation of a person where time is of the essence to save them then those responsible for making that hoax call should be jailed.
If somebody died as the result of a fatal delay thru emergency services not getting to a life or death situation of a person where time is of the essence to save them then those responsible for making that hoax call should be jailed. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 2

12:04pm Wed 10 Oct 12

superdad1 says...

Well done LET these hoaxers will now move to another telephone box now they know there is a camera in this phone box.
Well done LET these hoaxers will now move to another telephone box now they know there is a camera in this phone box. superdad1
  • Score: 1

2:54pm Wed 10 Oct 12

travel happy wanderer says...

Does not matter if they have told them if its like the ones around Colne it will not be working.
Does not matter if they have told them if its like the ones around Colne it will not be working. travel happy wanderer
  • Score: 1

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