Two people have appeared in court after making a series of hoax 999 calls – with one man costing the NHS almost £25,000.
Fears have been raised that Coastguard cutbacks are putting “lives in danger” around the coasts of the north and north-east.
Criminals were blasted for making "heinous" hoax calls to the emergency services yesterday after RNLI crews endangered their lives dealing with a false alarm over the weekend.
Police yesterday hit out at the “malicious” actions of a hoax caller who sparked a four hour search putting lives at risk in the North Sea.
Scottish ambulance workers have been forced to waste time dealing with hundreds of malicious and false calls every year.