'My fridge is too noisy': Leicestershire Police's list of non-emergency calls to 999 and 101 numbers

Someone called police to report that their 'fridge is too noisy'
Someone called police to report that their 'fridge is too noisy' Credit: PA Images

A person called the 999 emergency number to report that their "fridge is too noisy", police have revealed.

Officers from Leicestershire Police have released the bizarre reasons for the public wasting time calling the 999 and 101 numbers.

So far since the beginning of 2022, the force has received more than 187,000 999 calls.

The non-emergency calls included:

  • A caller reporting a noisy fridge

  • A caller reporting it was too cold to wait for a train

  • A caller reporting there were flies in her house in the summer

  • A caller also called the 101 non-emergency number to report they had bought a car and was now not happy with it

  • A caller reporting they had forgotten their keys and they were locked out

  • A caller who had no phone credit and wanted police to make calls for them on their behalf

  • A caller, who admitted he had been drinking, but did not require police assistance. He later made two further calls and during one, he asked the call handler what her bra size was

  • A child calling and asking the call handler if they like gummy sweets

  • A child calling and swearing to the operator before hanging up

  • An abusive caller who spent the entire call swearing and talking about how much he hated the police

  • A caller who had missed his bus stop in Shepshed and had arrived in Coalville instead

  • A caller who he had lost his dog before hanging up

Which number should you call if you are in genuine need?

Police are reminding the public that calls on the 999 system should be for emergencies only when a crime is in progress, when there is danger to life or when violence is being used or threatened.

Calls to 101 should be made to report a police matter which does not require an immediate response or attention.

Leicestershire Police Credit: ITV News Central

Superintendent Steve Durrant, from the force’s Contact Management Department, said: "We have released the details of a number of calls so the public get a real understanding of the types of matters reported to us and the issues our call handling staff unfortunately have to deal with.

"Some members of the public do call 999 without knowing instead they should be calling 101, the non-emergency line, but we do also receive many calls from people who do not need the police at all and have made the call with blatant misuse and disregard.

"Every minute that our call handlers spend dealing with an inappropriate emergency call, means those with real emergencies may experience a delay in getting through, potentially putting lives at risk.

"Our call handlers do a very often stressful job under immense pressure and demand.

"They are there to help the public when they need us most and should not have to be exposed to abuse or frustration when the caller has called 999 unnecessarily."