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Firefighter bailed on hoax fire charges

PUBLISHED: 14:36 30 May 2002 | UPDATED: 12:01 03 March 2010

FORMER Suffolk retained firefighter Michael Ford who is accused of making hoax fire calls has been bailed to return to court on July 3.

The 33-year-old appeared at Lowestoft Magistrates Court yesterday to face three charges of making hoax calls to non-existent fires, one of which was on Christmas Day last year.

FORMER Suffolk retained firefighter Michael Ford who is accused of making hoax fire calls has been bailed to return to court on July 3.

The 33-year-old appeared at Lowestoft Magistrates Court yesterday to face three charges of making hoax calls to non-existent fires, one of which was on Christmas Day last year.

Ford, of Seaman Avenue, Saxmundham, was charged in relation to three alleged incidents in Sibton, Peasenhall and Snape.

It was alleged that on October 30, 2001, in Sibton he knowingly gave a false alarm of fire to a fire brigade or a member of a fire brigade by reporting a fire alarm at Spindrift Hall while purporting to be the occupier of the premises.

The second charge was that on December 25, 2001, in Peasenhall he knowingly gave a false alarm of fire to a fire brigade or member of a fire brigade by reporting the danger of a potential fire in an electricity sub-station.

It was further alleged that on January 26, 2002, in Snape he knowingly gave false alarm of fire to a fire brigade or a member of a fire brigade by reporting a chimney fire at the Golden Key pub while purporting to be the landlord of the premises.

Ford was released on unconditional bail.


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