Hoax call sparks urgent hunt

Tue, Jul 31, 2012, 01:00

Two 10-year-old girls are being "spoken to" by police in Britain after it turned out that a 999 call apparently made by a three-year-old claiming her mother was unconscious was a hoax.

West Yorkshire Police launched a search for the youngster and her mother after a caller told the ambulance service yesterday she lived in Leeds but did not know where.

A spokesman said the mobile call was traced to Bridlington, East Yorkshire, where the two girls were identified.

An urgent hunt for the three-year-old girl began after a call to the ambulance service to say her mother had fallen and was not moving.

Police said the youngster made the lengthy 999 call at 10.53am yesterday but, despite extensive inquiries, officers had been unable to identify where it came from.

A spokesman said the youngster gave her name as Ellie and told operators her mother was called Stacey Hall.

She said her house number was 23 and had “Court” in the street name. She said her grandparents lived in Bridlington, East Yorkshire.

During the call, which lasted 33 minutes, Ellie told the call-handler that she was nearly four years old and that her mother had fallen over and would not get up.

She said she had shouted at her mother and wiggled her but she remained on the kitchen floor with a piece of toast in her hand, not moving.

The spokesman said she said the front and back door were locked and she could not get out of the house.

A team of detectives from West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, has been making wide-ranging inquiries to trace the family, including checks on police systems, hospitals, and the public register of births, before it was confirmed that the call was a hoax

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