Nanette welcomes tougher action on hoax 999 callers
Nanette Milne, 13/01/2011
Scottish Conservatives have welcomed the updated guidance issued to prosecutors across Scotland, setting out a strong presumption in favour of prosecution of those who make false alarm calls to the police, fire or ambulance services.
Scottish Conservatives revealed the figures and called on Scottish Ministers to review the situation in the Scottish Parliament on 9 December.
Dr Nanette Milne MSP, Shadow Minister for Public Health, said:
"I welcome the updated guidance issued to prosecutors across Scotland, which sees out a strong presumption in favour of prosecution for those mindless people who make hoax calls to our emergency services.
"The fact is the level of prosecution is nowhere near the level of hoax calls being made in Scotland. I very much welcome the fact that Scottish Minsters have once again listened to the Scottish Conservatives and taken our advice.
"Our emergency workers are unsung heroes and any attempt to waste their time and resources must not be tolerated."