The outrageous lengths woman went to find out if her partner was cheating

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The outrageous lengths woman went to find out if her partner was cheating

A woman called 999 demanding police conduct a lie detector on her partner because she thought he was cheating on her.

Sadly, this is just one example of the many calls Humberside Police receive that waste time and take up vital resources that could be helping people in real danger.

Other calls made to the emergency service include a person seeing a horse that looked sad, and a man wanting to boast about his good deed after using the last of his money to buy his friend some tampons.



Humberside Police use a withheld number to call back people who report crimes using 101

Humberside Police use a withheld number to call back people who report crimes using 101

Humberside Police have released details of some of those calls in the hope that by highlighting them it will make those who put other’s lives at risk think twice before they pick up the phone.

The most outrageous phone calls include:

  • A man had used the last of his money to buy his friend some Tampax. He called police to tell them about his good deed.
  • A man spent five minutes arguing with police after being told by an officer he couldn’t have blue lights on his car. He couldn’t understand why he wasn’t allowed them, when it was okay for cyclists to have blue lights.
  • A woman wanted police to do a lie detector on her partner, who she thinks is cheating on her.
  • A caller wanted to let police know they had seen a horse which ‘looked sad’ and they were concerned.
  • A woman asked police to intervene with a shop which wouldn’t allow her to return some ‘faulty’ tobacco she had bought.
  • A man called to ask the time.
  • A caller wanted police to help after their electricity went off and they were unable to switch it back on.
  • A man who had got a puncture on his bike wanted police to give him a lift home.
  • A woman called to say she had put her partner in handcuffs then lost the key. She wanted to know if she could use a police key. She called again later to say her partner’s hands were turning blue.
  • Callers dialling 101 to ask for the contact numbers for other services.

‘It delays real emergency calls getting through’

Superintendent Tracy Bradley said: “The number of calls for help we receive is going up every day and we want to make sure that when you need us, we are there.

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“Over the weekend we had 5,779 calls, 1,860 of which were to 999. That’s up seven per cent on the same weekend last year.

“And when we’re having to take calls from people who think it’s appropriate to ring us and ask the time or for a lift home because their bike has a puncture, it means that it delays the people who really do need us from getting through.

“At best, that means people calling 101 have to wait longer before we can deal with their call. At worst, it could cost someone their life.

“We have also had a number of calls to 999 from people who think they’ll get through quicker than if they call 101.

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“I want to make it clear that if you call 999 inappropriately, as soon as we have established you’re not calling about an emergency, we will hang up.

“I make no apology for that. We cannot risk delaying someone whose life is in danger getting through to us because someone has called to report a minor car crash or a shed that has been broken into during the night.

“The same applies to nuisance calls made to 101.

“We are not directory enquiries and our teams are not there to be abused. If you are shouting profanities, making sexual comments or trying to get us to intervene when you’ve bought something faulty and the shop won’t take it back, we will put the phone down.”

Get some updates online

Not all the inappropriate calls made to 999 are done maliciously – many are vulnerable people, and where that’s the case police teams do all they can to ensure that the caller is safe and has the right advice and support.

However, a lot are from people calling to ask for information on crime prevention or updates on when roads will reopen following crashes, and there are other ways of getting this information without calling 101.

Supt Bradley said: “You can get all the latest updates on road closures from our force Twitter and Facebook accounts, or via the Highways Agency.



Humberside Police

Humberside Police

“To find out about what’s happening in your area, you can also sign up for My Community Alert or follow your local neighbourhood team on social media.

“There’s also a lot of information on crime prevention tips on our website and you can report non-emergency crimes such as break-ins that have already happened, or criminal damage, by using our online form.

“We do know that not everyone is comfortable going online. If that’s the case for you, then why not call into your local station, pop along to one of our neighbourhood team surgeries or stop one of officers while they’re out and about?

“We’re always more than happy to help – that’s what we’re here for. All we ask is that you think before you pick up the phone.”

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