999: Nuisance calls received by police

Police appealed to people to only dial 999 in an emergency as the nation celebrates Christmas Day.

Senior officers said December 25 highlights how their resources should always be available to those who are most in need.

Here are some examples of inappropriate calls received by the Metropolitan Police on Christmas Day last year.

* At 3am on Christmas morning a woman called to ask if "our gracious Queen" and "the Pope" were all right. Call handlers said these are among the most common nuisance calls at this time of year.

* At 5am a man called to say he had spoken with the Queen, she was in distress and that police should attend Buckingham Palace immediately.

* Shortly after 5pm a woman accused the police of kidnapping her, but after a short discussion invited the operator over to her house for a cup of tea.

* A man dialled 999 to explain he had been a "naughty boy" and thinks he should be punished at 6pm after a heavy day of festivities. After a short discussion he asked if the operator could "blow him a kiss".

* In South Yorkshire, a man dialled 999 to check how Santa was getting on with his deliveries. Another caller asked the force to contact his gas company.

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