Emergency services rush to help 'fake' heart attack man in Malmesbury

This Is Wiltshire: Police have pointed out to the time waster the implications of his actions Police have pointed out to the time waster the implications of his actions

A man who police say faked a cardiac arrest received CPR from an unsuspecting member of the public in Malmesbury today.

Emergency services were allegedly duped into thinking a man had been knocked off his bike and was in cardiac arrest in the High Street this afternoon.

Sergeant Martin Alvis confirmed that the air ambulance, police and ambulance crews were called to Lower High Street at about 2.45pm to find that the man is someone known to the emergency services for fake call-outs.

The ambulance crew had been diverted from another call in order to attend the call-out in Malmesbury.

The time-waster is believed to have been drinking before the incident; no one else was involved.

Sgt Alvis said: “I spoke to him and he apologised profusely.

“I pointed out the implications of what he had done.

“The ambulance was on its way to Swindon and had to turn round and come back to see him.

“We will be working with the ambulance service, and him, to reduce these calls in future.”

Police said that the man involved has been known to call for an ambulance two to three times a month, up to a couple of years ago.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance paramedics confirmed they were called out, and had taken off, and had planned to land behind the police station, however, they were given notice to stand down as they made their way to Malmesbury.

No one has been arrested.

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9:34pm Wed 23 Oct 13

monkton_dad says...

No one has been arrested!
Bill him for the "service hours " wasted.
If you required emergency services and they where diverted to this "no mark" how would you feel if you survived!
No one has been arrested! Bill him for the "service hours " wasted. If you required emergency services and they where diverted to this "no mark" how would you feel if you survived! monkton_dad
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9:42am Thu 24 Oct 13

sir roy.orbit of chippenham says...

Another 'care in the community' nutter living amongst us.
It's a shame Dr Harold Shipman isn't around to attend his next fakeing episode, he'd give him one of his special injections to cure him for good.
Another 'care in the community' nutter living amongst us. It's a shame Dr Harold Shipman isn't around to attend his next fakeing episode, he'd give him one of his special injections to cure him for good. sir roy.orbit of chippenham
  • Score: 1

1:38pm Thu 24 Oct 13

Fred and Wilma says...

Excellent waste of resources and the good old tax payers pick up the bill, surely fake call outs should be prosecuted and the charges sent to those faking ... thankfully no one else was left in danger due to this morons action!! not sure a telling off will deter them thou .. lets hope next time no one else suffers as a result
Excellent waste of resources and the good old tax payers pick up the bill, surely fake call outs should be prosecuted and the charges sent to those faking ... thankfully no one else was left in danger due to this morons action!! not sure a telling off will deter them thou .. lets hope next time no one else suffers as a result Fred and Wilma
  • Score: 5

2:43pm Mon 28 Oct 13

Don Jones says...

Sgt Alvis said: “I spoke to him and he apologised profusely. I pointed out the implications of what he had done."
That's alright then. And it's a shame no-one had explained to it before.

“We will be working with the ambulance service, and him, to reduce these calls in future.”
Reduce? So a lesser number of hoax calls will be acceptable? I thought making hoax calls was a crime. So we've all agreed that this 'person' can commit some crimes, so long as it's not too many?
Sgt Alvis said: “I spoke to him and he apologised profusely. I pointed out the implications of what he had done." That's alright then. And it's a shame no-one had explained to it before. “We will be working with the ambulance service, and him, to reduce these calls in future.” Reduce? So a lesser number of hoax calls will be acceptable? I thought making hoax calls was a crime. So we've all agreed that this 'person' can commit some crimes, so long as it's not too many? Don Jones
  • Score: 1

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