A hoax 999 call to a child said to be pinned underneath a car has been highlighted by firefighters
Fire crews were alerted after a youngster claimed his seven-year-old friend was trapped underneath the vehicle in Leigh last night.
But the emergency turned out to be a hoax and fire bosses now want to stress to parents and youngsters how dangerous such calls can be.
Crew manager Andrew Kopicki said: "We received a call from a public telephone box in Coronation Drive.
"The caller said that a male aged seven was pinned underneath a car so there was a quite a significant response by ourselves and the ambulance service to this kind of incident."
Up to four fire engines and a fast-response paramedic car could be expected to turn out in the circumstances, he added.
An emergency call handler from fire headquarters believes that the caller may have been of a similar age to the bogus "victim".
Mr Kopicki added: "This kind of response could strip a whole borough of fire appliances, which would delay anyone else who needed assistance in the area.
"There are also the implications of that amount of blue-lighted vehicles heading to the scene.
"Our drivers are trained to prevent any collisions but there is always the dangers associated with other motorists taking evasive actions."