Essex Police has condemned a hoax caller for wasting the emergency service's with an April Fools prank.

In the early hours of April 1 - which marks both April Fools Day and Easter Sunday this year - Essex Police received an emergency call.

It turned out this call was a hoax, meaning the police and fire service went out for no good reason.

Following this incident, both Essex Police and Essex Fire and Rescue released warnings.

Basic point is: emergencies are for emergencies, not for jokes.