The 16 biggest wastes of police time we've ever heard
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From Oscar© winner Danny Boyle, the razor sharp TV police comedy drama Babylon: The Complete First Series is reporting its way onto DVD on 9th March 2015, courtesy of Entertainment One. James Nesbitt is Metropolitan chief constable Richard Miller, who must deal with daily trials and tribulations - from public nuisances to serious threats, all whilst trying to maintain a positive public image. To celebrate the home entertainment release we take a look at some of the biggest wastes of police time, which by the way, is illegal in itself (according to Section 5 of the Criminal Law Act) and just how bizarre, funny and weird these timewasters can really be. HOOK(ER), LINE AND SINKER In 2013, a man decided to explore his sexual side further by trying out some street products, however, what he discovered was in fact a huge breach of the “Sale of Goods Act.” He claimed the prostitute had made out that she was “better looking than she actually was”, so the man called the emergency service up immediately to report on this. He was not sold a replacement item. CONTRABAND In 2012, a couple reported that £10,000 worth of cannabis had been stolen from the marijuana farm that they’d been illegally growing. To make sure it was obvious how upset they were they decided to wave an air pistol in front of the police when they were arrested. They’ve now said bye to their garden and high to jail. FAMILY ISSUES In 2012, a 14-year old boy had the audacity to ignore his parent’s demands to turn off his games console and go to sleep; this resulted in a call being made to 999. The parents complained that their son would not go to bed and clearly thought this was a criminal matter. The only arrest made was on his parent’s pride. RSPCA-IN’T US In 2014, a man called the police to say he had a fly in his ear. The police had to explain they were too buzzy to deal with this time wasting call. At the beginning of the year a father called the police to report that his out-of-control cat had trapped his family in their bedroom and was holding them hostage. “He’s charging at us, he’s at our door, bedroom door, he’s trying to attack us, he’s very, very, very, very hostile”, said the father. Thankfully, the police managed to capture the criminal. On another occasion, a woman called to report a hedgehog she was “scared” of in her garden, when asked whether if it was alive of dead, she responded, “It’s not dead. It’s alive.” The call handler then calmed her down by explaining hedgehogs live in gardens. A woman dialled 999 because her neighbour’s cat was giving her a “strange look.” Nevertheless, the police patrol were not sent out. GARMENT GRIEVANCES In 2014, a distressed call was made to the police saying, “Police please, I need to exchange my shoes.” The superintendent in charge later said, “We want the public to think very carefully before dialling 999.”
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