Pounds 500 Reward to Shop the Fire Hoaxers; FALSE ALARMS: 999 Crews Called out Four Times in a Single Night

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), May 23, 2006 | Go to article overview

Pounds 500 Reward to Shop the Fire Hoaxers; FALSE ALARMS: 999 Crews Called out Four Times in a Single Night


Byline: By Lucy Lynch

A pounds 500 bounty has been put on the heads of Coventry University students who set off fire alarms as a prank.

University bosses are offering the reward to any fellow student who "shops" a culprit.

The extraordinary measure follows a Friday night of shame for the city centre university.

Fire crews were outraged to be called out on four false alarms at the Priory Hall accommodation block.

Posters offering the cash rewards went up today at the hall in Priory Road.

University spokeswoman Katie Southwell said: "Reward posters offering pounds 500 to students who can identify the culprit have gone up.

"The university is taking all possible steps to identify the culprit or culprits."

It's university policy to fine students who set off the fire alarms without a good reason.

If they set a fire alarm off by mistake they are given a warning the first time.

If they carry on setting the fire alarms off by mistake they are fined increasing amounts of money.

If they set off a fire alarm on purpose without a good reason they will be sent to vice-chancellor Professor Madeleine Atkins for disciplinary action. …

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