by Ibraham Jobe
Massive spiders, broken Sky TV, a complaint about a football referee and a lady pretending to be The Queen were just some of the bizarre emergency calls received by Wiltshire Police.
The police released a list of the unusual calls as part a new campaign entitled ‘Who You Gonna Call’, in a bid to get people to call 999 or 101 for the right reasons.
One woman called the police about a massive spider in her house saying it was really scary and poisonous and it was preventing her from leaving the house. Upon attending the officers discovered it was a piece of fluff under the door.
Critical Incident Manager, Inspector Paul Saunders said: “Calls like this can be frustrating but I would never discourage anyone from dialling 999 if it was a genuine emergency. If you have an emergency, we will do everything we can to help you.
“If it is a matter of life or death, call 999. If you have information to tell us about a crime that has already happened, call 101.”
Other examples include a four year old ringing the police because his brother swore and a man ringing because his Sky TV was not working.
In one case a football fan called Wiltshire Police asking to be put directly through to Greater Manchester Police as he thought a referee during a Man City and Man United game had made a bad decision by sending off a player and awarding a penalty.
And finally one lady rang the police pretending to be The Queen so she could get a police escort.