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Cumbria Police today received a hoax call at 9.50am, 30th April 2014 advising police they had found a dead body at Beach Road, St Bees.

Police immediately attended the scene and carried out an investigation. Following a local area search police now believe this to be a hoax call.

Police attended the call from a phone box in St Bees.

Inspector Mark Wear said: “We are shocked and saddened that someone has wasted the time and resources of those searching for Mr Allen by making a hoax phone call. We ask that only people with credible information contact us in order to not detract from an active missing person search.

“On top of the wasted time and resources a female officer fell on rocks on the beach and broken bones in her hand whilst searching. She was treated by paramedics at the scene and was taken to hospital.

“We appeal for anyone with information on the person who made this hoax call as we would like to speak to them about the incident and the consequences of making such a call. Anyone with any information can contact Police on 101 quoting log number 54 of the 30th April.

“The family of Mr Allen have been advised that this was a hoax call and we are continuing to search for their loved one.”

The search for Mr Allen continues with officer in the area examining the shoreline at low-tide for any sightings. Anyone with any genuine information that can assist in finding Mr Allen is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask for the duty sergeant at Whitehaven Police Station quoting log number 59 of 28th April.

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