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Also in extreme cases, when false reports of bomb threats lead to the death of a person or other grave consequences, then the hoaxers will face from eight to 10 years of imprisonment.
In this case, hoaxers attempt to establish false claims that are plausible and daunting.
And in another weapon in the brigade's armoury, 300 would-be hoaxers have been challenged by the control room operators and warned that if they continue the call they face prosecution, as well as having their phone blocked.
Deputy Chief Constable Bill Brereton says every hoaxer traced will be prosecuted.
Hoaxers face up to six months in jail or a hefty fine.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police Serious Crime Group are investigating nearly 90 suspicious letters which they believe are the work of two separate hoaxers.
But at Thursday's War Cabinet, Blair said the hoaxers were causing such disruption to everyday life in Britain that he wanted to "hit them hard and hit them now".
The hoaxers have had hundreds of hits and thought they could con Mr Vickers as well.
The police suspect that alcohol was the cause of the accident," the Daily Star quoted the hoaxer as saying.
Mr Steadman's plea comes after we reported in October how hoaxers were being warned to expect prison sentences if they continue to harass the coastguard and RNLI.
EVIL Hoaxers sent lifeboat rescue teams on a dangerous wild goose chase.
HOAXERS who have been setting off panic alarms in a subway in a Midland town have been handed pounds 80 on-the-spot fines.