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Weekend heatwave prompts police 999 plea

Rugby Editorial 7th Aug, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016

TEMPERATURES are set to rise in Warwickshire this weekend, along with calls made to the police – prompting local bobbies to remind the public not to dial 999 except in cases of emergency.

Emergency call centre operators expect to receive over double the normal amount of calls they usually would on a Saturday night.

During hot weather, the police get an average of one call every 24 seconds on a Saturday evening – twice the amount they would normally expect.

A Warwickshire Police spokesman said: “A common misconception from a lot of calls we receive is that the police can intervene for issues of noise nuisances such as a dog barking or noisy neighbours – but our powers do not cover these matters and people will be redirected to contact their local council.”

Residents are advised to dial 999 only in cases of emergency, such as if a crime currently in progress, somebody is in immediate danger, there is a risk of serious damage to property, a suspect of a serious crime is nearby, or a traffic collision involving injury or danger to other road users has occurred.

The non-emergency 101 number should be used in all other cases: crimes not currently in progress, minor traffic collisions, to give information about crime in your area, or general enquiries.

A text phone number is available on 18001 101 for the deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or those with a speech impairment.

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