Man arrested in England over hoax calls announcing deaths of family members

Wednesday 25 June 2014 22.12
Families were told a relative had died and that they should go to George Elliot Hospital in Nuneaton
Families were told a relative had died and that they should go to George Elliot Hospital in Nuneaton

A 27-year-old man has been arrested by police in England investigating a series of hoax calls in which families were phoned in the early hours of the morning and told a relative had died.

Warwickshire Police investigated after eight calls were made to families in the Bedworth area on 6 and 7 June.

The families were told a relative had died and that they should go to George Elliot Hospital in Nuneaton.

A force spokesperson said a suspect had been arrested at his home in Bedworth and released on police bail until 4 August, pending further inquiries.

Detective Constable Michelle Russell, from Warwickshire Police, said: "Hoax calls of this nature are understandably extremely distressing for those on the receiving end but thanks to the public and the media for sharing this appeal, we have been able to secure an arrest."