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Coronavirus: People call 999 for help with shopping after lockdown announced

A police pressure revealed it had obtained 999 calls about store opening hours and petrol after Britain was placed on coronavirus lockdown on Monday evening.

West Yorkshire Police contact administration centre mentioned callers had requested what time a grocery store opened and whether or not the pressure might ship gasoline following Boris Johnson’s announcement.

Employees on the centre have tweeted about numerous non-urgent calls made to the emergency quantity in the course of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Utilizing the phrase #Not999, the account reveals calls during the last 10 days about over-priced bathroom roll and restrictions on shopping for noodles.

The pressure beforehand urged the general public to “think twice” earlier than calling 999 to make sure these with a real emergency might rapidly get assist.

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On Monday evening, the pressure tweeted: “We won’t deliver you some petrol to your own home. #Not999.”

And, at 5:37am on Tuesday, the account issued a tweet, which mentioned: “Simply had a 999 name asking what time asda is opening…this genuinely occurred. #Not999.”

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Different posts made in latest weeks embrace: “Don’t ring 999 to inform us a store will not allow you to purchase 12 packets of noodles. That is actually a waste of our time and never an applicable use of the emergency line. There’s a purpose why you possibly can solely purchase a certain quantity of things. #Not999.”

And, on 15 March, the pressure tweeted: “Desirous to report bathroom roll being bought at double its worth is unquestionably #Not999.”

The West Yorkshire pressure issued an announcement on Thursday reassuring the general public that they had been working onerous to maintain individuals secure in the course of the pandemic.

Chief constable John Robins mentioned: “The general public might be reassured that we’re dedicated to doing all the things we are able to to make sure their security.”

He added: “The general public may also help us handle our demand by considering rigorously earlier than they name both 999 or the 101 non-emergency quantity, in order that we may also help those that are going through an emergency state of affairs get the assistance they so urgently want rapidly.”

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Germaine K. Curran

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