‘A silly prank’: Hoax calls on emergency services to rush to West Bay parking lot

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EMERGENCY services have expressed their annoyance and frustration over a prank call that prompted them to rush to the scene.

Police were called to the 24-hour restroom in the West Bay parking lot yesterday (January 27) with a report that someone had fallen ill and was trapped in the toilet.

Officers responded to the call and upon arrival called the fire department and advised the ambulance that someone might be needed for medical attention.

Bridport firefighters rushed to the scene with an engine and removed the toilet door only to gain access to find part of an old railway tie. As a result of the damage to the door, the restrooms were taken out of service.

A spokesman for the fire station said the situation was “rather frustrating”.

Police have opened an investigation into the “silly prank” and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

A Bridport Police spokesman said: ‘A silly prank led to the unnecessary call to emergency services today to the 24-hour toilet in the West Bay car park.

“Police received a call just before 10 a.m. from the contract cleaner fearing that someone had fallen ill as he could not get in even though the door was unlocked. When police arrived, a decision has been made to call the fire department and notify the ambulance that there may be someone in need of medical attention.

“When the firefighters arrived, they removed the door to find part of an old railway sleeper.

“While we are glad that no one needed help behind the door, we felt annoyed by the wasted time, which could have potentially hampered the actual emergency response apparatus.

“Police will investigate this incident as it also resulted in the toilets being out of service due to damage to the door frame upon entry.

“Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed this event or have information that could help us in our investigations to contact the non-emergency number 101 or go online www.dorset.police.uk/ quoting incident number 27:113.”

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