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There's a Cat in My Kitchen

Emergency calls – including one from a Gloucestershire man who panicked and dialled 999 when a cat wandered into his home – have been criticised by the police.

Other people called the emergency number because their neighbours were playing loud music, or because they were arguing over who should do the washing up.

The incidents were among more than 4,500 eccentric emergency calls received by Gloucestershire Police this year, according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act.

Officers say those responsible for the nuisance calls – many making them deliberately rather than because of a lack of knowledge – could have been putting lives at risk by diverting police away from real emergencies.

The time-wasters have been warned that they face legal action or having their telephones disconnected if they persist.

Inspector Andy Poole said: "With more than 4,500 such calls this year alone, the delay this is causing in getting the emergency services to real incidents is a real problem.

"Quite often, 999 calls are not malicious but down to a lack of knowledge of how to get hold of the emergency services routinely."

Dumbfounded response operators at the police told the man who called 999 after the cat marched into his kitchen to pick it up and remove it from the house.

He was also warned the situation was not an emergency and he could risk being charged for wasting police time.

Other nuisance callers include a man who dialled 999 because he could not find his pet and a teenager who got into an argument with his parents because he was unhappy with the way they had redecorated his room.

When a 999 operator received a call only to hear a man and woman arguing down the line, officers attended the property to discover they were disagreeing over who should do the washing up.

Of the calls clearly made deliberately, one man rang 999 and falsely claimed he had tried to burn down a pub, later admitting he was just "messing around".

Another call simply consisted of 45 seconds of loud screeching down the phone.

Insp Poole added: "The 999 system is for emergencies only.

"If a crime or an incident that is no longer in progress is to be reported, then 0845 090 1234 should be the number used to contact us.

"If callers repeatedly misuse the 999 system, they will be pursued for the offence and their telephone providers approached to disconnect their lines."

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Old 04-25-2011, 05:10 PM
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What IDIOTS!!!!

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Old 07-19-2011, 09:17 AM
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Old 11-03-2011, 11:54 PM
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Lmao. In America they would've humored the person and sent someone to take the cat out. British dispatchers are all buisness haha

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in soviet russia Cat picks you up and kicks you out.

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Old 11-12-2011, 02:43 AM
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You don't need to play THAT safe! However, the emergency calls made only for the caller's amusement are absolutely stupid and I don't find anything humorous in them.

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Where I'm at, they've started adds on TV and billboards to let people know, emergency lines are for EMERGENCIES.

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