Woman (42) arrested in connection with Burnley hoax calls

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A WOMAN has been arrested over a hoax call claiming a gunman was at large in Burnley town centre early this morning

The 42-year-old, of no fixed abode, was arrested at 5-15 a.m. this just minutes after a 999 call was made from a Keirby Walk phone box saying an armed man was trying to rob the caller.

She is currently being held for questioning at Burnley Police Station and officers are also looking into two similar hoax incidents.

Police were called at 4-50 a.m. claiming the caller had been knifed but when officers arrived at the pay phone box in nearby St James’s Street there was no sign of anyone with stab wounds.

An hour earlier Burnley fire crews also received a call reporting a chip pan fire at a house in Lawn Street off Colne Road.

Firefighters rushed to the scene along with police at 3-55 a.m. but when they arrived they found no blaze.

The call was traced to a pay phone in St James’s Street and police are scouring CCTV footage for clues to the identity of the hoaxer.

Crew manager Alan Ashworth, from Burnley Fire Station, said: “This is just a massive waste of resources. Someone thinks this is funny but it is not.”