Police warn public not to make daft calls to 999

  • 11 January 2012
Police say the public have abused the 999 service during the Christams holidays Image copyright bbc

Calling 999 should be to report an emergency - but the police often get calls from people just being daft.

One caller in Yorkshire rang 999 last month to report a fight between Stacy Slater and Archie Mitchell from the 2009 Christmas episode of EastEnders.

Another asked for her phone number to be passed on to a movie star, while others played music and asked the time!

West Yorkshire Police are asking people to dial 101 when making non-emergency calls to officers and not to abuse 999.

The 101 number is now being used by all police forces across England and Wales for non-emergency calls.

Mark Milsom, from West Yorkshire Police, said: "The festive period is one of the busiest times of the year... officers should not be wasting time dealing with inappropriate calls instead of emergencies."