More than 200 hoax calls have been made to the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) so far this year.

The organisation revealed that between January and August of this year, there were a total of 219 “malicious” calls were received, compared to 191 over the entirety of 2022.

In 2021, there were 220 for the entire year and since 2017, there have been 2,620 hoax calls.

A spokesperson for the SAS said that this year’s malicious calls resulted in 236 vehicles being allocated, with crews spending an average of 33 minutes for each call amounting to 130 wasted hours.

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