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Police slam unnecessary 999 calls

Someone called 999 at the weekend to tell Avon and Somerset Police they were hungry.

Emergency call handlers say it happened on Friday night and it wasn't the only inappropriate call.

One man called 23 times and was abusive to staff.

Advice for calling 999:

- Call when it’s an emergency
- A crime is in progress
- Someone suspected of a crime is nearby
- When there is danger to life
- When violence is being used or threatened
- If you don’t need an emergency response, then you should call 101 or use our online reporting form on the police website.

This could be to report a crime or to seek advice, for example your car has been stolen, your property has been damaged or you suspect drug use or dealing in your neighbourhood.

Calls to 101 incur a 15p charge but this is a flat fee for the entirety of the call [mobiles included].

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