A Doncaster 999 caller claiming he had been attacked and robbed, in fact just wanted a lift to the station.
The incident happened on Saturday, December 28, and when the call came in it was graded by police as an immediate response, which is reserved for the most serious of incidents, and South Yorkshire Police (SYP) officers were at the scene within a few minutes.
However, when officers arrived the caller asked for a lift, and then said he didn’t want to take the complaint any further.
SYP’s Tracy Potter said: “Sadly, calls such as this are not uncommon. I would urge people not to call 999 unnecessarily as, they will be wasting police time. At worst, they could divert police officers away from genuine incidents.”
Another incident involved a woman keeping a call handler on the line for 16 minutes saying that she was drunk and wasn’t really sure what she was reporting.