Saturday 5 August 2023

HOAX 999 calls to Humberside Fire and Rescue are putting lives at risk, Deputy Chief Fire Officer Niall McKiniry has told Beverley FM. He said there had been a worrying increase over recent weeks of hoax calls, which was an enormous drain on resources and endangered the lives and safety of the public.

He told us: “Sending a significant amount of firefighters and appliances to what turns out to be nothing more than a hoax is, at best, frustrating and, at worst, deadly. The public rightly expect that we are ready to help them at a moment’s notice around the clock, but wasting time and money attending fictitious incidents costs seconds, if not minutes, which sadly can be the difference between life and death.”

He said strenuous efforts were made to trace the hoax callers but appealed: “If you know of someone who makes hoax or malicious calls, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111”.

NEXT MONTH will see the 13th Walking East Yorkshire Festival, with events throughout the county, including Beverley. It takes place from September 9 – 22 and local highlights include guided history walks of Beverley, a walk and talk on the history of shipbuilding along the River Hull and another highlighting residents who have made their mark on Beverley.

Beverley Minster is treating visitors to hidden spaces and secret places tours of the church, including a roof tour, a visit to the west tower and a peep around the secret garden – not usually open to visitors while “Quiet Gardens of Beverley” sees 10 different gardens dotted around the town centre, each with its own history.

Full details of all festival events at