999 Call That Sparked Hunt In Leeds Was Hoax

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West Yorkshire police say a 999 call which triggered a major search for a three year-old girl was a hoax.

A girl, who gave her name as Ellie, called the ambulance service claiming her mum had fallen at their home in Leeds.

She said she was three years old and that her mother is called Stacey Hall.

She also told the 999 operator that her house number was 23 and had “Court” in the street name.

But West Yorkshire Police later revealed the emergency appeal was a hoax.

The call was made at 10.53am yesterday but despite extensive enquiries police were unable to identify where it came from.

During the call, which lasted 33 minutes, “Ellie” told the operator she was nearly four years old and that her mum had fallen over and would not get up.

She said she had shouted at her mum and wiggled her but she remained on the kitchen floor with a piece of toast in her hand not moving.

She said the front and back door were locked and she could not get out of the house.

Detectives made wide-ranging enquiries to trace the family, including checks on police systems, hospitals, and the public register of births.

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