CONTROL room staff at Hampshire police have spilled the beans on some of the most ridiculous 999 calls they have taken in the past year.
Hampshire Constabulary released a video as part of International Control Room Week, which is meant to celebrate the work of emergency services call handlers.
But Hampshire police has given a stark message about time-wasting calls that are clearly not for emergency services.
The first operator in the video talks about a woman who wanted advice on stopping a smoke alarm.
The second example was of a bird that had entered a family home – with the final story looking at a man who had phoned up about a dodgy burger.
The operator said: ‘A man called 999 to say that he wasn’t happy with the quality of his burger in a restaurant, and he wanted the police to come out and deal with the chef.
‘We didn’t, obviously.’
Hampshire police said it has received an ‘unprecedented’ number of 999 calls this year.
The force said 999 calls should only be made under the following circumstances:
:: A danger to life.
:: A crime is happening now (or has just happened).
:: Immediate safety concerns.
:: A dangerous motorway incident.
:: Something suspicious that requires immediate attention.
All non-emergency incidents should be dealt with by calling 101.