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Kids aged six and seven among callers swamping tourist police emergency line with hundreds of bogus

Jun 05. 2018
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By The Nation

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Three children aged just six and seven were among eight callers having made nearly 650 calls in total to the tourist police’s emergency line, keeping the 1155 number needlessly occupied, deputy tourist police chief Pol Maj-General Surachet Hakpal said on Tuesday.

Surachet said his officers had found that callers from the eight numbers had rung the 1155 hotline 644 times recently, disturbing the normal operations of the emergency service for tourists.

Police investigated the sources of the calls and found that three of them were being made by young children aged just six and seven, while four other sources were teens with mental problems, the deputy tourist police chief said. 

The other multi-caller was an adult who would face a fine of Bt5,000 for causing a disturbance, he added.

Surachet said the tourist police had talked to the parents of the seven young kids and teenagers, urging them to ensure that their children do not use a phone to call the emergency line again.

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