999 My son won't go to bed: Police reveal the ridiculous calls people make to emergency number
Calls made to emergency services include a father whose son wouldn't go to bed and a man checking a football scoreOne job seeker rang and asked police to type up his CVBut there is a serious message: Lives are put at risk by unnecessary calls
01:21 GMT, 26 December 2012
Officer My son won't go to bed: Police have revealed the frivolous calls people make to 999. File picture
An angry dad dialled 999 to report his teenage son for refusing to go to bed.
The schoolboy, 14, was playing on his games console at midnight and ignored his parents' pleas to switch it off and get some sleep.
The late-night row got so heated the boy's father picked up the phone and dialled 999.
Police in North Wales say it was one of the hundreds of 'inappropriate' 999 calls they have received in 2012.
Others included rubbish bins being left in the wrong place, reports of a faulty phone line and a lost dog.
Superintendent Paul Breed said: 'Many people dial 999 when their call isn't an emergency simply because they don't know how else to contact the police.'
'999 should still be used if there is a crime in progress; violence is being used or threatened or there has been a road accident where people are injured or the road is blocked.'
Supt Breed added: 'Every false or inappropriate 999 call takes up precious time and prevents someone who really needs our immediate help from getting through to us.'
Meanwhile, Cleveland Police reported a woman dialled 999 to complain to police her takeaway order was wrong.
She told the bemused emergency operator the restaurant had refused to provide the right meal and she needed help from police.
The call was one of a number highlighted by police who are threatening a crack down on callers who waste police time and put lives at risk.
Others included a man who contacted emergency services asking how to send a fax , a job seeker who wanted police to type up a CV, and a man who rang at 4.30am to check the score in a recent Middlesbrough FC game.
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One man tied up the emergency line complaining: 'I need dental surgery. My face is swollen. I have had it for two days. I have been to the dentist around the corner but it's not open.'
Detective Superintendent Ian Coates said: 'Every year we reiterate the same message but people still use the system in the wrong way. All we ask is that people think thoroughly before they dial 999.'
Officers say 101 should be used for a general inquiry or to report a non-emergency crime.