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Hoax callers disrupting Olympic events could face imprisonment

Hoax callers who try to disrupt Olympic Games events in Scotland will risk imprisonment, the Lord Advocate has warned.

Prosecutors across the country will take tough action against anyone caught making hoax calls.

Those who make hoax calls at any time put the lives of others at risk by diverting emergency services from genuine incidents. They also waste public resources, can create fear and cause disruption. Disruption could be more acute during public events such as the forthcoming Olympic Games football matches in Glasgow.

The Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC said:

“The tough prosecution stance is designed to act as a deterrent and contribute towards a successful Olympic Games. The eyes of the world are on Great Britain; and Scotland will be a showcase for football competitions in Glasgow. Through our action I hope the prosecution service will help to deliver a safe and enjoyable Olympic Games”.  

Hoax callers could face up to three months imprisonment for fire related offences and seven years for bomb hoax offences.