'Needs a plumber, not the police': Man rings 999 to say washing machine is flooding house

A man called West Yorkshire Police call handlers to say a broken pipe from his washing machine was flooding his house.

Tuesday, 11th August 2020, 11:45 am

It is just one of many calls detailed as part of the #Not999 campaign run by call handlers for the force on social media.

Staff at the centre have tweeted about a number of non-urgent calls made to the emergency number during the coronavirus outbreak.

In the latest tweet, the force said: "Caller has taken washing machine out of his house and damaged a pipe so water is flooding his house, rings 999 and expects police to deal.

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"Then becomes abusive when we advise he needs a plumber and not a police officer."

Another West Yorkshire resident rang 999 when their taxi dropped them off in the wrong location.

In an astounding phone call, a man also called to say he needed to access a public toilet.

The force previously urged the public to "think carefully" before calling 999 to ensure those with a genuine emergency could quickly get help.

West Yorkshire Police contact management centre also said callers had asked what time a supermarket opened and whether the force could deliver fuel following Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announcement.

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