Top 5 ridiculous calls to Avon and Somerset police

PUBLISHED: 13:22 20 March 2015 | UPDATED: 13:33 20 March 2015

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NO MOBILE phone credit, sheep on the road and a request for the football scores are just some of the 999 calls Avon and Somerset Constabulary have had today - here our top 5 most ridiculous.

Call handlers for Avon and Somerset Constabulary are live tweeting every call they get for 24 hours to raise awareness of the appropriate use of 999 and 101 numbers.

The number of non-emergency calls to 999 is increasing, including persistent and repeat callers and the tweetathon is part of a week-long campaign to encourage the public to only use the 999 and 101 numbers in appropriate situations.

Not only is this is a waste of police time and money, but it also could mean people who are in genuine need are kept waiting.

Police call handling manager, Becky Tipper, said: “Every day we receive an average of 3,000 calls, 550 of which are emergency 999 calls.

“Last year one in five of these calls weren’t emergencies.

“During our tweetathon we will be giving an insight into a day in the life in our communications centre.

“No two days are ever the same but we are hoping to show the huge variety of issues we deal with.

“If we can help cut the number of unnecessary calls we receive on both 101 and 999, this will reduce call waiting times and improve the experience for callers who genuinely need our help.”

The live tweeting began at 12.01am today (Friday) and will end at 11.59pm this evening, showing calls from around Clevedon, Portishead, Nailsea and the rest of North Somerset.

You can follow the action on Twitter @ASPoliceLIVE or by visiting the police website at www.avonandsomerset.police.uk


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