10 bizarre but true police phone calls

York Press: 10 of the most bizarre phone calls to police 10 of the most bizarre phone calls to police

PEOPLE are wasting police time by phoning their control room with bizarre queries.

Late buses, a mysterious tortoise and a horse giving birth are some of the issues that have prompted people to phone North Yorkshire Police needlessly.

The force has given The Press exclusive details of some of its strangest calls and urged people to only ring 999 in an emergency or 101 for non-emergency police-related matters.

Some of the unnecessary calls are from confused people, but others are from time wasters who should know better, say police.

Chief Inspector Mike Walker, who works in the Force Control Room, said: "The 999 system is crucial in allowing us to respond to people who may be in life or death situations or if a crime is in progress. Time spent dealing with callers who are using the system inappropriately, could mean a call handler is not free to deal with an emergency, potentially leading to a tragic outcome.”

 

Ten of the strangest calls to North Yorkshire Police:

 

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1 - Where's my bus? - A MAN phoned 999 at 9.35pm on April 17 this year to tell police he was at the bus stop at Monks Cross near Sainsbury’s and there were no buses running. He said he was "quite fed up" by this. Not as fed up as the police, one suspects!

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2 - I've no money! - A MAN phoned 999 because an ATM had retained his bank card, and he "needed it", said police. After brief questioning, the call handler established the card had been kept "due to a lack of funds in the account" and advised the caller it was not a police matter, and he should speak to his bank. The caller said: "The police have keys for all addresses and should be able to attend, enter the bank and retrieve the card for me.” A nice idea, that would surely have made every police raid in history unnecessary?

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3 - Car boot crisis - A CALLER recently rang 999 to ask whether there was still a car boot sale in Whitby on Wednesdays. What could they have been so desperate to buy or sell?

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York Press: A spur-thighed tortoise similar to Lily

4 - Tortoise mystery

Operator: “Police Emergency”

Caller: “I’ve found a tortoise in my back garden that isn’t mine.”

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York Press: 'Tink' the born again hamster. Picture: SWNS

5 - Furry fury - A CALL handler answered a 999 call to hear a young boy crying.
Caller: “My mum’s stolen my hamster.”
Operator: “Why has she done that?”
Caller: “'Cause I’ve been a naughty boy.”

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6 - Waste of time! - A CALLER phoned 999 recently to ask: “Is 1600 hours the same as 4 o’clock?” Oh dear!

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7 - Horsing around? - SOMEONE phoned police from Whitby Abbey, to tell them they were concerned about a horse in the adjacent field, which was giving birth. Could an officer be sent to assist, they asked? They did at least use the 101 number instead of 999 - but we suspect veterinary skills don't yet form part of the police training manual.

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York Press: The fake train and parking tickets

8 - A carry-on - A WOMAN phoned 999 from York Station after she and her children were asked to get off a train because they did not have the correct tickets. She phoned 999 "so they would sort it out for her" because she "had a lot of luggage and needed to get to London".

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9 - Abandoned by mum! - A WOMAN phoned to report a birds' nest next to her window. She was concerned because the mother bird had been away from the nest for some time, and the chicks had been left alone.

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10 - Hello, hello, is that Andy Murray? - Last year, call handler received a silent 101 call. They kept the call on the line until they finally heard a voice, which sounded surprised they were speaking to the police.... It turned out they were trying to find the tennis on BBC1 - but had mistaken the phone for a remote control.

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8:24pm Fri 2 May 14

Dave Ruddock says...

and when a crime reported (Stolen Bicycle and the police take no action. not even a patrol constable visited to get description. think they were chasing cars
and when a crime reported (Stolen Bicycle and the police take no action. not even a patrol constable visited to get description. think they were chasing cars Dave Ruddock
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7:02am Sat 3 May 14

eeoodares says...

I rang 999 after witnessing a (drunk?) driver plough into a parked car and then drive off, the occupant of the parked car was badly shaken. The operator asked me if anybody was seriously injured, I said I did not think so, I then got ticked off for using the emergency number and was told to ring the non-emergency number.

I will never try to help the police again.
I rang 999 after witnessing a (drunk?) driver plough into a parked car and then drive off, the occupant of the parked car was badly shaken. The operator asked me if anybody was seriously injured, I said I did not think so, I then got ticked off for using the emergency number and was told to ring the non-emergency number. I will never try to help the police again. eeoodares
  • Score: 15

9:46am Sat 3 May 14

Yorkshine1 says...

Your're not 'helping the police' numpty, you're just attempting to be a good citizen.
Your're not 'helping the police' numpty, you're just attempting to be a good citizen. Yorkshine1
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10:37am Sat 3 May 14

eeoodares says...

Yorkshine1 wrote:
Your're not 'helping the police' numpty, you're just attempting to be a good citizen.
I thought reporting crimes, with a detailed statement including a vehicle description and registration number would HELP the police to solve crimes.

When the police post articles in the paper asking people to telephone if they witnessed a crime or if they recognise an individual, they are asking for HELP.

I would have thought that was clear to any reasonably bright person, but not to you...We do not need Sherlock Holmes to solve that riddle.
[quote][p][bold]Yorkshine1[/bold] wrote: Your're not 'helping the police' numpty, you're just attempting to be a good citizen.[/p][/quote]I thought reporting crimes, with a detailed statement including a vehicle description and registration number would HELP the police to solve crimes. When the police post articles in the paper asking people to telephone if they witnessed a crime or if they recognise an individual, they are asking for HELP. I would have thought that was clear to any reasonably bright person, but not to you...We do not need Sherlock Holmes to solve that riddle. eeoodares
  • Score: 9

11:57pm Mon 5 May 14

KevinWard59 says...

eeoodares wrote:
I rang 999 after witnessing a (drunk?) driver plough into a parked car and then drive off, the occupant of the parked car was badly shaken. The operator asked me if anybody was seriously injured, I said I did not think so, I then got ticked off for using the emergency number and was told to ring the non-emergency number.

I will never try to help the police again.
Strange that:- often seen it quoted in print to use 999 for suspected drunk or dangerous driving because it could be putting lives in danger.

Let them find out amongst themselves who is right and wrong with conflicting information.

Last time I used 101 I was told I should've used 999 and if I see offender again in the street anywhere to not hesitate and use 999.
[quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: I rang 999 after witnessing a (drunk?) driver plough into a parked car and then drive off, the occupant of the parked car was badly shaken. The operator asked me if anybody was seriously injured, I said I did not think so, I then got ticked off for using the emergency number and was told to ring the non-emergency number. I will never try to help the police again.[/p][/quote]Strange that:- often seen it quoted in print to use 999 for suspected drunk or dangerous driving because it could be putting lives in danger. Let them find out amongst themselves who is right and wrong with conflicting information. Last time I used 101 I was told I should've used 999 and if I see offender again in the street anywhere to not hesitate and use 999. KevinWard59
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