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Malicious Call ties up police emergency staff

Incident Type: Malicious Call ties up police emergency response staff

A malicious 111 call tied up police resources in West Auckland for 3 ½ hours overnight and resulted in delays in responding to genuine emergency calls. At about 1130 pm police received a cell phone 111 call from a woman who said that she had been assaulted by a man who had slashed her with a sword and left her bleeding in a car park in the New Lynn area. The woman said she did not know where she was.

After the cell phone cut out, police communicators called her back and were told the she was no longer able to stand, and was lying in the car park, bleeding badly. Phone contact was lost and regained several times, each time, the woman indicated her condition was deteriorating. Finally contact was lost and could not be re-established.

All available Waitakere police patrols, a police dog, and a specialist search and rescue team scoured the New Lynn area for the woman, after checks with the cell phone provider confirmed that her phone was transmitting from that area.

The search was unsuccessful, however enquiries to establish the woman's identity, and associates resulted in her being found in bed and uninjured at an Avondale address at about 3am. She is presently assisting the Henderson Police with their enquiries, and a decision will be made as to possible charges after explanation has been considered.


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