These are the ridiculous Covid emergencies that people called West Yorkshire Police about during a weekend of flooding chaos

West Yorkshire Police has revealed the ridiculous reasons for some of the 999 calls it received during a weekend of weather and flooding chaos.

Monday, 8th February 2021, 12:11 pm
Updated Monday, 8th February 2021, 12:12 pm
It snowed and rained heavily this weekend - and police received some ridiculous 999 calls in the process (photo: West Yorkshire Police)

One person called the force to tell police that they didn't have any hand sanitizer.

West Yorkshire Police took to Twitter to reiterate that this is not an emergency call - using its "Not999" hashtag which is a thread of the unacceptable 999 calls the force receives.

The West Yorkshire Police Contact Management Centre officers tweeted: "Having no hand sanitizer isn't a reason to call 999 and speak to the police. #Not999."

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The force has also been on the receiving end of another ridiculous call this weekend, when someone rang 999 amid the weather chaos to ask the police if they could leave the house when their self-isolation ends.

West Yorkshire Police tweeted that this was not a reason for an emergency call, and that the government website was where to look for up to date information about Covid rules and restrictions.

The tweet said: "Calling 999 to say your Covid self-isolation ends today, can you leave the house, is not a 999 emergency call.

"Please call 101 for non-emergencies.

"Also check the government website for update to date information regarding Covid rules and restrictions. #not999"

Someone else called 999 this weekend requesting that police check their fridge for germs because their flat made had taken food from a bin and placed it back into the fridge.

A West Yorkshire Police Contact Management Centre officer tweeted that they "can't believe" they are typing that this had happened and that this was a "genuine" call made on the emergency line.

The tweet said: "You cannot ring 999 to get the police to check your fridge for germs because your flat mate has taken food from a bin and placed it back into the fridge.......

"Can't believe I am typing this.....

"Genuine call to us on 999. #Not999"

Other calls received this weekend included someone asking a 999 call handler what they have to do to get arrested, and another asking for directions to the exact location of a hostel.

Tweets said: "You cannot ring 999 to ask what you have to do to get arrested."

And: "You cannot ring 999 to ask for directions or the exact location of a hostel...... #Not999"

These are not the first unbelievable calls that the force has received in the midst of chaotic weather and genuine emergencies, and last week in the snow someone reported that they had had a snowball thrown at their house - 20 minutes prior to them actually calling the force.

Another caller told the police her neighbour talks to her husband and she doesn't like it.

Some other calls included in the #Not999 twitter thread are ones about someone not being able to sleep because of the rain and not being able to get a takeaway during the night.

Other callers have used the emergency line in the past to ask if barber shops were open and to tell the police a "not even funny" joke.

The emergency 999 number should only be used in a genuine emergency to access the police, ambulance or fire services.