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Cambridgeshire police issue warning over time-wasting 999 calls

  • Video report by ITV News Anglia's Dani Crawshaw

Cambridgeshire Police are reminding people only to dial 999 in a genuine emergency.

In the past few months, they've had calls about everything from a row about a shed, asking for a lift home, to a complaint that a gambling machine didn't paying out.

The Police and Crime Commissioner says he is astounded at some of the calls.

I have listened to some of the 999 calls coming into the control room myself and am frankly astounded at what some people are calling about.

The police will always respond to people who find themselves in a genuine emergency however, at a time when the force continues to face increasing demand, it is vital that people understand which service to call.

– Jason Ablewhite, PCC Cambridgeshire police
People should only dial 999 if there is immediate danger Credit: ITV News Anglia
Number of 999 calls Cambridgeshire police received in the last three months

As demand for service remains high police are urging people to only call 999 in an emergency.

The constabulary regularly receives calls that should be directed to other organisations such as local authorities or the RSPCA.

People are being asked to think about whether to call 999, 101 or another organisation Credit: PA

They're s now encouraging people to #ClickB4UCall, as it may help save someone's life.

Superintendent James Sutherland, head of public contact, said: "Demand for service remains exceptionally high and it is vital people only dial 999 in a genuine emergency. Inappropriate calls could put lives at risk by causing a delay in us speaking to people in danger.

Number of 101 calls Cambridgeshire police received in the last three months

Here is an example of a call Cambridgeshire police received from a man who was chucked out of a nightclub:

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