These are the unbelievable emergencies that 999 time-wasters called West Yorkshire Police about

West Yorkshire Police has revealed the ridiculous reasons for some of the 999 calls it has received during the past couple of weeks.

Saturday, 6th March 2021, 4:45 pm
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One man called the force to ask police for help with opening a bottle of wine.

West Yorkshire Police took to Twitter to say that this is not something to call 999 for, and not even the non-emergency line on 101.

Fortunately, no 'real' 999 calls were missed because of this time waster, but the force branded it as 'no joke'.

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The West Yorkshire Police Contact Management Centre officers tweeted: "A male has called us because wants help opening a bottle of wine.

"This is #not999. It's #noteven101.

"Fortunately, no real emergency calls were unanswered or held up by him wasting our time. #Itsnojoke."

--> READ MORE: More ridiculous calls police have received on the emergency line - including one about not knowing where the nearest toilet is.

The force has also been on the receiving end of another ridiculous call this week, when someone rang 999 to tell police they want to buy a barge boat.

West Yorkshire Police tweeted that officers can't 'just press a button' that puts people through to someone who sells boats as the caller had assumed that's what police could do.

The tweet said: "Please don't ring the Police because you want to buy a barge boat, we cannot 'just press a button' that puts you through to someone who sells boats (yes, the caller thought we could do that)."

These are not the first unbelievable calls that the force has received, with someone previously calling the force amidst flooding weather chaos to request 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 were typing that this had happened and that this was a "genuine" call made on the emergency line.

During the snow in early February, 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.

Other inappropriate 999 calls West Yorkshire Police has received include some about not being able to sleep 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.