‘House fire’ and ‘stabbing’ incidents in Dungannon were hoax calls

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Dungannon PSNI have stressed the dangers of making hoax calls to emergency services after two hoax calls were made on Monday.

Posting on their Facebook page, Dungannon and South Tyrone PSNI said: “Yesterday we received a call telling us that a male person had been stabbed. Two crews of officers from Dungannon were tasked to attend the call, along with specialist firearms officers, an ambulance crew and a rapid response vehicle from Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.

“Meanwhile, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service received a call from someone reporting a house fire at the same address. Dungannon’s firefighters are part-time, and they all rushed from home or their full-time jobs to attend.

“Nobody had been stabbed, and nothing was on fire. Both calls were hoaxes. We could have been dealing with genuine incidents elsewhere, and I’m sure the same applies to our colleagues in the other emergency services.”