Marmalade theft and reporting a murder on Emmerdale among bizarre calls made to 999 revealed by police force

'Hello, police, there's been a murder – on Emmerdale!' Force reveals most bizarre 999 callsOther examples include a dog following a woman into her house and a chicken walking down a roadGreater Manchester Police receive an average 1,371 calls each day | UPDATED: 19:15 GMT, 27 December 2012 Reports of a marmalade theft and a chicken walking down a road are some of the hoax calls that one police force has received. Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has released audio recordings of the calls in the run-up to New Year's Eve in an effort to encourage people not to abuse the emergency 999 number

Thorpe Bay Southend: Man dies and another injured after dinghy capsizes just 300 yards off the coast

Pensioner, 73, dies and another injured after dinghy capsizes just 300 yards off the coastRescue team discovered one man clinging to the boat and the other drifting Both men received medical attention on the shore for up to an hour | UPDATED: 18:52 GMT, 17 December 2012 One man has died and another has been taken to hospital after their dinghy capsized at sea. The two men, aged 71 and 73, were pulled from the frigid water by Southend RNLI after Thames Coastguard received several phone calls from members of the public at 2.45pm today. The rescue team discovered one man clinging to the boat 300 yards off the coast of Thorpe Bay, Southend, while the other had begun to drift away in the current

Councils using lie-detector tests to root out benefits cheats

Council using lie detector tests to root out benefits cheats catches 4,000 fraudsters in just four months Software analyses calls from claimants for signs of stress in their voices The technology is similar to that used by insurance companiesSouthwark Council in London say they have saved 1,400,000 | UPDATED: 00:44 GMT, 30 November 2012 A lie detector test trapped nearly 4,000 benefit cheats in just four months. The offenders were picking up council tax discounts worth 1.4million by falsely claiming they lived alone. But they were caught out by technology that analyses phone calls for signs of stress in the speaker’s voice