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Out-of-date biscuits ’emergency’ among 999 hoax calls received by police | UK News



A man who dialled 999 because his biscuits were out of date is among the emergency calls received by police this year.

Audio also reveals a man calling to ask the time, and a woman complaining because a chip shop sent her three sausages instead of one.

London’s Metropolitan Police said lives were potentially put at risk by the 25,448 hoax calls it received between 1 January and 30 November 2019.

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‘They’ve sent me three saveloys’ – 999 ‘hoax’ calls.

Chief Superintendent David Jackson said: “Although these calls can be perceived as amusing, they are actually a huge waste of the Met’s resources.

“These hoax calls block the number from other members of the public who could be calling 999 in a real emergency, keeping people in danger waiting for longer and putting lives at risk.

“If you are in a situation where you need to speak to the police, please think; the use of the 999 system is for emergencies only and we have other channels where you can speak with us.”

For non-emergency calls, people are urged to call 101.

In total, the Met said it had received more than 2.1 million calls from the start of 2019 until 20 November.

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