13/02/2013 10:25

Recording of Hoax Caller Released

Police are releasing a recording of a man making a hoax call to police in a bid to trace him.

The man made five calls to police over the space of two days, Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th December 2012.

Lines of enquiry have been carried out, however, police believe that in releasing the call, someone may recognise the man’s voice. The phone has since been disconnected from its network.

On 19th December, a man calling from the same mobile telephone number called at 11am, 11.50am and 8.10pm regarding two hoax incidents, one in Middlesbrough and one in Thornaby.

The man then called another two times on 20th December at 4.25am and 5am alleging that another two incidents were happening in Middlesbrough. He gives his name as both David Andrews or Andrew Williams during his calls.

Investigating officer, PC Anthony Gamesby, from Thornaby Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Those who make hoax calls to the police service prevent and delay genuine emergency calls coming through to our operators.

“Making hoax phone calls can potentially put lives at risk and it is completely unacceptable. We would urge anyone who may have any information to come forward and contact us.”

The man himself or anyone who may have information regarding his identity is asked to contact PC Anthony Gamesby on the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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