A call to the fire service alerting them of a fire in Diss which turned out to be a false alarm is believed to have been malicious, according to a spokesperson.
The fire service was alerted to a blaze in the open in Park Road, at about 9.15pm last night.
It is also a criminal offence and the service will seek prosecutionDavid Ashworth, Assistant Chief Fire Officer for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service
A fire crew from Diss attended, arriving at the scene at 9.20pm but, after not spotting a fire, left at 9.29pm.
A spokesperson for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said while they do receive some calls which would turn out to be false alarms, they would be logged as ‘good intent’ if they were made in genuine error.
David Ashworth, Assistant Chief Fire Officer for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Making malicious calls puts the public and property at risk because it means that our fire engines may not be available to respond to a genuine emergency.
“It is also a huge waste of time and money and can increase the time it takes us to get to serious incidents because our crews are dealing with a hoax call.
“It is also a criminal offence and the service will seek prosecution. In addition the service will, in conjunction with the mobile phone service provider identify those responsible and cut off the phone from the network rendering it inoperable.”