Armed police swoop on pub car park after gun-hoax drunk calls 999

ARMED officers were scrambled after a man falsely claimed to have been threatened with a gun.

Officers were sent to a pub car park on Priory Road, Hull, last Saturday night after the 35-year-old – who was drunk – made an anonymous 999 call.

He said he had been threatened by the occupants of a Renault Clio. But when officers arrived they found the car contained a couple and a 12-year-old child.

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There were no weapons and the woman turned out to be a former partner of the caller, with whom she had just had an argument.

The man was issued a fixed penalty notice for wasting police time.

Assistant Chief Constable Alan Leaver said: “Not only was police time wasted but other people found themselves being stopped and searched and inconvenienced.

“We have chosen to take action against this man because his behaviour was foolish and reckless.

“I hope others who might be tempted to waste police time in the future will think twice before doing so.”