Norfolk police plea over 'silly' 999 calls

A person about to dial 9 on a telephone A report of a rat in a shower was one of the "inappropriate" 999 calls received by Norfolk police.

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Ringing 999 for a lift after missing a bus or train has been one of the most common "inappropriate" calls received by police in Norfolk.

They have released a fresh warning to remind people to only dial the number with a genuine emergency.

Requests for the nearest late night chemists are in the force's top five list of nuisance calls too.

Norfolk police control room manager Ch Insp Chris Harvey said the calls "can put other people's lives at risk".

Norfolk police's top five nuisance calls

  • 1. Using 999 for routine 101 inquiries
  • 2. Misuse of 999 under influence of alcohol
  • 3. Calling 999 due to missing last train or bus home and asking police officers for a lift
  • 4. Dialling 999 to ask for the nearest late night chemists
  • 5. Children playing with phones and accidentally ringing

A report of a rat in a shower was also one of the time-wasting calls recently received by the force's 999 operators.

Its control room normally receives more than 60,000 calls in July and August.

"People should only call 999 if there is a direct and immediate threat to life or property or if a crime is in progress," said Ch Insp Chris Harvey.

Norfolk police will tweet from their control room on Friday between 18:00 and 23:00 BST with examples of how people misuse 999.

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