News : Police Warning: Silly 999 Calls Put Lives At Risk
Leicestershire, April 2, 2014 -- Silly 999 calls 'tie-up' emergency lines and prevent callers with genuine emergencies from getting through, a senior officer has warned.
The fresh warning comes after a recording of some of the more inappropriate calls was released by Leicestershire Police.
They included one man who wanted to return some trainers, and another who wanted to know whether he could go for a run with his girlfriend wearing swimwear.
Supt Adam Streets, head of the force's contact centre and control room, urged people to think carefully before dialling 999.
"We want the public to think very carefully before dialling 999. This is for genuine emergencies only and it is extremely important that my call handlers aren’t tied up dealing with calls like the ones we have highlighted.
"Such calls can put people’s lives at risk," said Supt Adam Streets, Leicestershire Police
Alternatives for non-emergencies include the 101 number, or the Ask the Police website.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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