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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Police officer hurt investigating body on beach hoax call

A police chief has hit out at a hoax caller who claimed a body had been found on a beach.

And a female officer sent to investigate the claim was hurt after falling on rocks and breaking bones in her hand. She was taken to hospital.

Police were sent to Beach Road, St Bees, after the call was received at about 9.50am today from a public phone box in the village.

A major search is currently underway for 76-year-old John Allen, of Preston who was last seen entering the estuary at around 9am on Monday.

Inspector Mark Wear said: “We are shocked and saddened that someone has wasted the time and resources of those searching for Mr Allen by making a hoax phone call.

"We ask that only people with credible information contact us in order to not detract from an active missing person search.

“On top of the wasted time and resources a female officer fell on rocks on the beach and broken bones in her hand whilst searching. She was treated by paramedics at the scene and was taken to hospital."

Insp Wear urged anyone with information about the hoax caller to call police on 101.

“The family of Mr Allen have been advised that this was a hoax call and we are continuing to search for their loved one,” he added.

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