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Time-wasting 999 calls released by police

Time-wasting 999 calls have been released by Greater Manchester Police. Photo: Press Assocation

Maggots in bins and 'stolen' car parking spaces are just some of the bizarre reasons that have prompted time-wasters to dial 999 in recent months.

Today Greater Manchester Police has released recordings of some of the time-wasting calls the force receives in a bid to make others think-twice before making similar calls, which they say put lives at risk.

Recent 999 calls received include a lady who called to report maggots in her bin, a man calling for 'pregnancy pills' and a man who called to complain that somebody had stolen his car parking space at the Trafford Centre.

Listen to the time-wasting 999 calls made to Greater Manchester Police here:

Greater Manchester Police dealt with an average of 3,571 emergency and non-emergency calls a day during April, May and June. This increased by 19 per cent in July. On top of this, thousands of miscellaneous calls were dealt with.

Police are reminding people to only call 999 if there is a direct and immediate threat to life or property, or if a crime is in progress.

Every false or inappropriate 999 call wastes precious time that could be spent dealing with genuine emergencies. Apart from potentially putting somebody's life at risk, misusing the 999 system is a criminal offence and we have the power to prosecute people for making hoax calls.

Each day we receive dozens of calls about issues that the police are not responsible for such as noise nuisance, stray dogs and abandoned cars. Answering these calls leads to delays in people trying to get through to us for legitimate reasons so please think ahead and decide whether it may be an issue for the council before picking up the phone.

– Diane Grandidge, of Greater Manchester Police

For general enquiries or to report less urgent crime or disorder, people are urged to call 101.

Calls about noisy neighbours, stray dogs, graffiti, abandoned vehicles, fly tipping or faulty traffic lights should be redirected to local councils.