Derbyshire Police say on one particular night around 90 hoax calls were made to their emergency contact centre while they dealt with other serious crime. Acting Superintendent Tracy Harrison, who oversees the police call centre in Ripley, spoke to ITV News Central.
Derbyshire Police have released a number of recordings of hoax calls they say were made by a 16-year-old girl and 20-year-old woman.
A 16-year-old girl was given a youth rehabilitation order today after admitting wasting police time.
There were more than 350 fewer hoax calls to West Midlands Fire Service from April to December last year, than in the same period in 2011.
The number of fire engines sent out were also down by a third. New call-handling technology is being credited for the change.