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Police Receive Emergency Call From Someone Worried About A Hedgehog In Their Garden

Officers also received calls about a late pizza delivery, a vending machine, and a pair of trainers.

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Greater Manchester police has released a series of inappropriate 999 calls, including this person's concerns about a hedgehog in their garden:

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The police force released the four clips to highlight the importance of not wasting police time during one of the busiest periods of the year and urging the public to use the 999 emergency line responsibly.

Diane Grandidge, GMP’s business lead for call-handling, said:

At this time of year many people are celebrating with friends and family and enjoying the festivities however, for those situations that need police attendance, we want to make sure that we can respond appropriately and – if there is an emergency – get there quickly.

The 101 line is a national police non-emergency contact number for use when, for example, your car has been stolen, your property damaged or you want to provide information about a crime.

We want to ensure that there are no delays in responding to an emergency call, therefore we will continue to urge the public to think before they dial 999.

The other calls released by police include a man calling about a vending machine that had swallowed his money.

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A man who claimed a sports shop's refusal to give him a refund for a pair of trainers was theft.

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And... a man who had waited 45 minutes for his pizza to be delivered.

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Police said an emergency call should only be made if there is "an immediate threat to life or property or if a crime is in progress".

Richard James is the News Director for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.

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