A ten-year-old Tayside girl has penned a heartfelt apology to police for making a ‘double-dare’ 999 hoax call during the pandemic lockdown.
The youngster’s letter saying sorry was revealed by Police Scotland in a message praising the girl for her honesty and reinforcing the message for people not to make false emergency calls.
A young lady called Mackenzie wrote a letter to officers in Dundee, apologising for falsely dialling 999 a few days before. Hoax calls are a serious matter, and fortunately no resources were diverted to deal with her call. Thank you for your honesty and your apology, Mackenzie. pic.twitter.com/DbUmqbeG7h
— Tayside Police (@TaysidePolice) May 11, 2020
In the note, the girl named Mackenzie, said she was “incredibly sorry” for making the April 25 hoax call.
“I understand I took people away from answering real 999 calls
“I know that I should never call 999 unless it is a real emergency, no matter what other people said to me.
The handwritten note added: “I know that a ‘double dare’ is no reason to call 999.
“I promise that I will never do it again and will make sure that my friends know not to.
“My mum and dad have made sure that I know how serious my choices could have been that day and the impact on all the emergency services.
“I can never say sorry enough and am very grateful for all the hardworking emergency services in this country.”
In a Twitter posting, Tayside Police thanked the youngster for her honesty and recognising the potential seriousness of her actions.
They wrote: “A young lady called Mackenzie wrote a letter to officers in Dundee, apologising for falsely dialling 999 a few days before.
“Hoax calls are a serious matter, and fortunately no resources were diverted to deal with her call. Thank you for your honesty and your apology, Mackenzie.”
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