HOAX calls are a massive problem for the emergency services, wasting time, money and putting at risk those who are really in need in grave danger.
The majority of pranks are the work of youngsters, bored at home with nothing to do, or wanting to be entertained by the impressive sight of an imposing red engine whizzing down the street.
Brent is one of the worst areas in the capital for hoaxes so it is good to see the fire brigade is taking proactive steps to reduce the problem.
By inviting youngsters into the stations to meet the brave officers who risk their lives on a daily basis, the potential troublemakers discover a new-found respect for the service and can learn, firsthand, the damaging consequences of their actions.
BRENT Council's backtracking on its decision to allow young footballers to continue training on the Bridge Road playing fields, in Wembley,is utterly deplorable and unfair.
More than 50 children each week benefit from the training sessions run by dedicated volunteer Peter Moring and the majority are from the Chalk Hill estate.
To expect them to now travel to open spaces at other locations around the borough is not good enough and has jeopardised the future of the sessions.
Town hall chiefs should not make promises they cannot deliver on, especially when it involves young children.
Playing under the shadow of the famous Wembley arch is an inspiration and Mr Moring has already had some of his youngsters go on to play the professional game.
Surely by kicking him off the site the council is stunting the development of stars of the future.