POLICE have revealed examples of some of the most bizarre 999 calls that have been made over the last year.
People dialled the emergency number for nonsensical reasons such as having a spider in their house and to ask if police could let their hairdresser know they needed to cancel an appointment.
The information has been released by Derbyshire Police to mark the second anniversary of its non-emergency number 101 which people should call when they do not require emergency assistance.
As humorous as the calls appear, there is a serious message from police that people who ring 999 when it is not appropriate could be diverting assistance from people who actually need it.
On average, Derbyshire Police receive more than 100 calls each day that are not genuine emergencies.
Handlers also received calls about a letter which was sent to the wrong address and a security light shining outside a house.
Inspector Dave Kirby, from Derbyshire Police, said: “By ringing 999 when your call isn’t an emergency, you tie up call handlers whose time could be better spent dealing with situations where a life is in danger or a crime is in progress.”