Five-year-old’s prank call led to police finding mum’s cannabis plants

A five-year-old girl’s prank call led to police discovering her mum’s cannabis plants.

The youngster rang the emergency services in the early hours of Tuesday morning and asked for the police before hanging up.

The call prompted concerned officers to head to the property to check if anyone needed help.

When they arrived at the home in New South Wales, Australia, nobody answered the front door.

But they spotted a light coming from the garage, where they found 15 cannabis plants growing in a hydroponic set-up.

Lake Illawarra Police District Sergeant Peter Northey said: ‘Police have seen… there was a light on in the garage down the side of the house.

‘Police have gone down to the garage to check on the welfare of anybody inside.

‘As they’ve entered the garage they’ve found a number of cannabis plants.’

Officers later established that the call had been a prank by the five-year-old, the Illawarra Mercury reported.

Sergeant Northey added: ‘Whatever was said on the phone call was enough to alarm the triple-0 operator, who decided to send police anyway to check on the welfare of the residents.

‘With a call such as this, the triple-0 operators are trained to listen out to the background to try and [determine] “is this someone needing help and they just can’t talk?”, or is it just a prank.

‘We’ve since found they were just making a prank telephone call.

‘In my 18 years of policing, this is the first time that this sort of circumstance has happened, but we’re really grateful that it did happen.’

The mother has been charged with cultivate prohibited plant and is due in court on April 22.