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Man calls police to report ex-girlfriend for overfeeding hamster leaving him 'looking like a fat little pig'

File picture of a hamster Credit: PA

A man rang police to report that his former girlfriend had left their hamster "looking like a fat little pig" by over-feeding it.

He rang 101 and explained to the operator that it was his pet, but his ex-girlfriend wouldn’t give him back and she was overfeeding him.

The call was one of several released by Northumbria Police in an attempt to persuade the public to stop bombarding them with unnecessary 101 calls.

The Northumbria Police operator listened sympathetically as the unnamed Geordie caller revealed: “Me and my girlfriend split up a while ago and she’s got my hamster but she’ll not give us it back."

I know it sounds daft but it’s my little hamster.

I don't want to cause any trouble whatsoever, she'll not give us it back because she says 'I look after it better than you' but it's ended up looking like a fat little pig.

Not being disrespectful to the hamster, he was my pride and joy. I need him back now, he has only got a couple of years left in him because they only live so long and I love him.

– The unnamed caller

The man was politely informed that it wasn't a police matter.

Another person called police to try and get them to come and catch a spider Credit: PA

Other time-wasting calls included:

  • A woman who rang to say she had been sold an over-spiced hamburger.
  • A man who had tied his finger to his overflowing toilet with a shoelace.
  • A call asking police to come and catch a spider.
  • A woman who claimed she had been overcharged at a supermarket.
  • One person even called to report an overly friendly dog.

The force says it receives a million calls a year to the non-emergency 101 number.

Around 15 per cent are about non-police matters, costing the taxpayer an estimated £200,000.

Chief Superintendent Sav Patsalos said: "These calls to our 101 service mean our call handlers act as a referral service rather than being able to help those in need."