Firefighter on bail for hoax calls

INVESTIGATIONS are still continuing into accusations that a Suffolk firefighter made hoax 999 calls, police said today.Michael Ford, 33, a retained sub officer at Saxmundham, has been questioned by detectives over allegations that he made phone calls telling staff at Suffolk Fire Service control room in Colchester Road, Ipswich, of non existent fires.

INVESTIGATIONS are still continuing into accusations that a Suffolk firefighter made hoax 999 calls, police said today.

Michael Ford, 33, a retained sub officer at Saxmundham, has been questioned by detectives over allegations that he made phone calls telling staff at Suffolk Fire Service control room in Colchester Road, Ipswich, of non existent fires.

He is currently suspended from his post pending an internal fire service inquiry.

Neither police or fire service officials have named Mr Ford. A police spokeswoman said today that a man arrested in connection with hoax calls had answered his police bail but had been re-bailed until April 24.


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This is to enable further inquiries to be made and a decision to be made on whether any charges will be brought against him.

No charges have been brought against him to date.

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He returned to Leiston police station, where he was questioned initially about the accusations, to answer his bail.

It is understood that police are investigating allegations relating to a number of hoax calls, which are thought to have related to the Saxmundham area where Mr Ford works following concern over numbers of false alarms officers were being called to attend.

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