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Ambulance crews scrambled to 'hoax call' in Melton

Multiple crews from East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) were scrambled this morning to a medical emergency but were unable to locate a patient or incident.

Resources which included three paramedics, the Hazardous Area Response Team and the Air Ambulance were sent to the incident at 7:20am this morning following a 999 call to a 'medical emergency' in Melton Mowbray.

Crews were unable to locate a patient or incident resulting in the call being logged as a hoax. Photo: East Midlands Ambulance Service.

An East Midlands Ambulance spokesperson said: "We received a call at 7.20am this morning, Tuesday 22 March to Melton Mowbray. The caller reported a medical emergency. We sent three paramedics in ambulance cars, a crewed ambulance, a fast response car, and our Hazardous Area Response Team. The air ambulance was also in attendance. However we were unable to find any incident at the reported location or surrounding area."

Crews were noticed across the town on Tuesday morning travelling towards Thorpe Arnold before returning and diverting towards the A606.

EMAS have now had to mark the call as a hoax because crews were unable to locate either an incident or a patient.

Misuse of 999 and hoax calls are a criminal offence. Those caught could face a maximum penalty of up to six months in prison or a fine of £5,000.

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