Sheffield & South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire Police list 'inappropriate' 999 calls

Police in South Yorkshire are warning that "inappropriate" 999 calls are putting lives at risk by diverting resources away from real emergencies.

The force said recent calls included someone asking if a road would be open after recent snowfall, as they were going on holiday.

Another caller reported that their grit bin was empty, and wanted to know who would come and fill it up.

Police said 999 should only be dialled in a genuine emergency.

This, they said, was when a life was at risk, someone was being physically threatened, if a crime was currently happening or if the offenders were still nearby.

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