‘There’s a spider in my bin’: Police force releases the most ridiculous 999 calls it says are wasting officers’ time
Surrey Police revealed some of its most bizarre 999 calls
It included ‘Will I get arrested if I move my housemate’s banana?’
‘Fancy a chat?’ and ‘My shutters aren’t working properly’ also made the list
Another said their television had broken and Eastenders was about to start.
A police force received calls including ‘Will I get arrested if I move my housemate’s banana?’, ‘Fancy a chat?’ and ‘My shutters aren’t working properly’– all in the same day.
Other 999 calls made to Surrey Police included ‘There’s a spider in my bin,’ ‘My washing machine isn’t working’ and ‘My TV is broken and EastEnders is about to start.’
Officers revealed the daft calls from members of the public as part of a campaign to highlight the issue of police time-wasting.
Other 999 calls made to Surrey Police included ‘There’s a spider in my bin’.
Another person dialed 999 to report to the police that their television had broken and Eastenders was about to start.
In one call, a distraught resident said: ‘I think someone has stolen my eggs. My chicken lays an egg every morning, but today there wasn’t one there.’
The force took to Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag ‘policing matters’ to raise awareness.
Surrey Police said it received 675,500 contacts from people every year – nearly 2,000 a day, making it important for people not to waste their time.
And last year they attended a staggering 10,270 incidents – on average 28 a day – which were not ‘policing matters’ and should have been directed to other organisations.