Police! There’s a fight starting...on the telly

A FOOLISH caller rang 999 to report a fight between two soap characters.

The man called police using the emergency number last month claiming he wanted to report the brawl between Stacey Slater and Archie Mitchell – from the 2009 Christmas episode of EastEnders.

Police have released details of the call to highlight some of the ridiculous reasons people ring 999.

Over Christmas, one woman asked operators to pass her phone number to film star Mark Wahlberg while other people have asked for the time, played music down the line and even sung to operators.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Milsom said: “The festive period is one of the busiest times of the year and, although we have plans in place to manage this, officers should not be wasting time dealing with inappropriate calls instead of genuine emergencies.

“Over the Christmas period we had an unprecedented demand on the 999 service.

“On the night of Boxing Day we took 1,100 calls between 7pm and 4am. And in one hour – midnight to 1am – we took 203 calls to the 999 number. It was relentless and unprecedented.

“I would also encourage people to think carefully about whether they should be calling 999 or 101.

“The 999 number is for a genuine emergency or when there is a crime in progress. The 101 number is for incidents which do not need officers to attend immediately.”

One in 10 of the calls to the 999 number taken by West Yorkshire Police throughout the year should have either gone to another organisation or the 101 number, which is for all non-emergencies.