Turkey Defrost 999
December 31, 2011 by staff
Police have released a recording of the call in a bid to deter others from wasting their time with calls which are not genuine emergencies.
Greater Manchester Police have launched an appeal urging New Year revellers not to make prank calls.
New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest nights of the year for the emergency services and delays can cost lives, say officers.
Among recent crank calls are people dialling 999 asking for directions, where the nearest restaurant is or wishing police a Happy New Year.
An awareness campaign was launched yesterday telling members of thepublic to only use the emergency telephone service where there is athreat to life or property, or where a crime is in progress.
Diane Grandidge, from GMP said: “I would urge people to thinkc arefully before dialling , as that way we can focus our effortson real emergencies.
“With our busiest night approaching we are preparing to receive thousands of emergency calls, and silly pranks or thoughtless requestsfor assistance can have a major impact on those who need a fast police response.
“We don’t want there to be any delays in dealing with genuine emergencies because of non-emergency calls to 999 or, worse still, deliberate jokes.”
She added that people can call 101 to report less urgent crimes or for general enquiries – a service that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week including holidays.
Less urgent crimes might include stolen cars, damaged property or less serious traffic accidents.
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