Hoax caller arrested after emergency crews called to 'drowning man'

Hoax caller arrested after emergency crews called to 'drowning man'

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Hoax caller arrested after emergency crews called to 'drowning man'

Hoax caller arrested after emergency crews called to 'drowning man'

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A MAN has been arrested after a hoax call saw emergency services rush to reports of a man drowning in the Manchester Ship Canal.

Several police cars, ambulances and a police helicopter were launched to deal with the ‘incident’ at 11.50pm on Wednesday.

It was reported at Stockton Heath swing bridge.

Crews searched the area but did not find anyone, police say.

A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: “Emergency services attended the swing bridge following reports that a person was potentially drowning in the canal.

“A thorough search of the area proved negative.

“A 44-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of wasting police time."

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9:30pm Thu 23 Jan 14

grey-area says...

We've had enough tragedy in the canal just recently. Hoax caller should be dealt with harshly.
We've had enough tragedy in the canal just recently. Hoax caller should be dealt with harshly. grey-area
  • Score: 6

10:23pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Reader says...

It was Latchford Swing bridge that was closed off by police cos we couldn;t get over it.

Glad in a way to hear that it was a false alarm and that nobody had fallen in but the hoax caller should be dealt with SEVERELY if it was intentional !! Down side is that anyone thinking they see someone in the water may think twice about calling the emergency services out if it turns out to be a false alarm after all.
It was Latchford Swing bridge that was closed off by police cos we couldn;t get over it. Glad in a way to hear that it was a false alarm and that nobody had fallen in but the hoax caller should be dealt with SEVERELY if it was intentional !! Down side is that anyone thinking they see someone in the water may think twice about calling the emergency services out if it turns out to be a false alarm after all. Reader
  • Score: 6

8:55am Sat 25 Jan 14

Nick Tessla says...

Reader wrote:
It was Latchford Swing bridge that was closed off by police cos we couldn;t get over it.

Glad in a way to hear that it was a false alarm and that nobody had fallen in but the hoax caller should be dealt with SEVERELY if it was intentional !! Down side is that anyone thinking they see someone in the water may think twice about calling the emergency services out if it turns out to be a false alarm after all.
Why was the bridge closed?
[quote][p][bold]Reader[/bold] wrote: It was Latchford Swing bridge that was closed off by police cos we couldn;t get over it. Glad in a way to hear that it was a false alarm and that nobody had fallen in but the hoax caller should be dealt with SEVERELY if it was intentional !! Down side is that anyone thinking they see someone in the water may think twice about calling the emergency services out if it turns out to be a false alarm after all.[/p][/quote]Why was the bridge closed? Nick Tessla
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