News : Cats on Window Sills and Expired bottles of Water Not Reasons to Call 999
West Yorkshire, UK, July 20, 2015 -- West Yorkshire Police is urging people not to use 999 for non-emergencies after a spate of minor calls.
The Force's Contact Centre has revealed it has received 999 calls from a woman reporting she was not happy with a fridge she had bought online, a man complaining that someone had spilled his drink in a night club, and someone reporting the expiry date had run out on a bottle of water they had bought.
Other calls included a woman reporting a cat in a river, who was advised to ring the RSPCA; someone who had snapped their door key in the lock; a caller asking what the non-emergency telephone number was; a woman ringing to say her neighbour's cat was stuck on the window sill - the cat jumped down while she was on the line - and a man who was concerned for a cat sitting on a tyre in the canal.
Police urged the public to ring 101 for non-emergencies, or use its online live chat service.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Wednesday, July 22, 2015