UK floods: Warning over fake 'help' calls in TewkesburyReported by Metro.co.uk on Tuesday, 1 May 2012 (on May 1, 2012)
*Two people have been warned by the police after their fake cries for help in flood-hit Tewkesbury saw emergency services launch a missing persons search.*
Flooding near Tewkesbury Abbey in Gloucestershire (Picture: PA)
Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service was alerted to the cries in the early hours of the morning after they were reported as genuine by a member of the public.
But two people later approached police to claim they were in a group of people shouting in the Gander Lane area of Tewkesbury around 2:20am today despite not needing any assistance.
'Gloucestershire Police are satisfied this is the case and that there are no outstanding missing people in the Tewkesbury area,' a spokeswoman said.
'The individuals involved are being given words of advice about their irresponsible behaviour.'
In a separate case a missing 24-year-old man was confirmed safe and well earlier today.
Tewkesbury is one of a number of English and Welsh locations that find themselves on high alert for flooding after heavy rain lashed the UK overnight and into the morning, as last month was confirmed as the wettest April since records began.
More than 20mm (0.8in) of rain fell in some regions in the space of 12 hours as already-saturated river catchments neared bursting point.
Yesterday a man and a dog drowned when a car attempted to cross a flooded ford in Hampshire, while a 1,000 people were evacuated from a caravan park in Northamptonshire.
With more downpours forecast for today the Environment Agency said it was on 'high alert', with Somerset, Dorset and Devon of particular concern.
Forty flood warnings have been issued across England and Wales, as well as 152 flood alerts, with the north-west the only unaffected region.
'There is still a risk of flooding across many parts of England and Wales with particular focus on Somerset, Dorset and Devon,' the Environment Agency said.
'River flows are high after this weekend's rainfall and we are keeping a close watch on river levels as well as checking defences and clearing any potential blockages to reduce the risk of flooding.'
The Met Office meanwhile issued an amber warning for severe rain and storms in south-west England until 3pm today.
Yellow warnings for heavy downpours are also in place for the south and east of England, southern Wales, London and the Midlands.
PICTURES: England and Wales at risk of flooding
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