A man has been fined £600 and given a six week suspended prison sentence for making false calls to report house fires in Bolsover.
Craig Mawby, 36, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to making the calls from a phone box on Main Street, Carr Vale, on three occasions on Sunday, January 20, Tuesday, January 22 and Friday, January 25.
Fire crews were sent to the addresses, to find once they had arrived that there was no fire.
Inspector Rob Bowns, who is in charge of the North East Local Policing Unit which includes Bolsover and North East Derbyshire, said: “Hoax calls such as these have the potential to divert resources away from a real emergency, and those who are in genuine need of help.
“We will always work alongside our fire service colleagues and other emergency services to fully investigate and take necessary action to bring those who make such false reports are brought before the court.
Insp. Bowns added: “People should only call 999 when they need the police, fire service or other emergency service on an urgent basis, where there is a real risk to life or property or where the offenders are still at or near to the scene of a crime.”
The case was heard by magistrates at Chesterfield Justice Centre on Friday, March 15.