West Yorkshire Police

West Yorkshire Police name new chief constable

West Yorkshire Police have appointed John Robins as the force's new chief constable.

Mark Burns-Williamson and John Robins
West Yorkshire Police

Mr Robins (above right), who first joined the force in 1990, replaces former chief Dee Collins who stood down earlier this year over "health issues".

He said: "Having spent my whole policing service in West Yorkshire, this is the culmination of an incredible and fulfilling journey for me from Police Constable to Chief Constable."

'You can't ring 999 for a pigeon' - Police

A woman has been criticised by West Yorkshire Police for ringing 999 to report a pigeon had got into her house.

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Audio from three 999 calls has been released by the force as it appeals for members of the public not to abuse the emergency number.

The call handler responding to the pigeon "emergency" quickly ends the conversation, saying "You can't ring 999 for a pigeon" after telling her to ring the RSPCA or council.

In another audio snippet, a woman is heard calling police to ask for help removing a spider from her home, while a third woman claims to have an eagle in her house.

The audio has been released by the West Yorkshire force as part of a drive to reduce the demand on 999 emergency call handlers.