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Derbyshire Police: 90 hoax calls in one night

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.

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Hoax calls to emergency services falling

The number of hoax calls made to the emergency service in West Midlands are falling Credit: ITV Central

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.