Nottinghamshire Police issue advice after person calls 999 about bees in their flat

A person dialled 999 about bees in their flat.
A person dialled 999 about bees in their flat.

Nottinghamshire Police has released details of another of the misplaced emergency calls it has received – and issued a fresh plea for the public to use 999 responsibly.

The call to the force was: "There is a heck of a lot of bees in my flat and there's a nest in the roof. I've had my windows closed all day in effort to get rid of them, but they are still here."

People are being urged to use 999 responsibly.

Superintendent Paul Burrows, from Nottinghamshire Police’s contact management department, said: “The vast majority of the public understand that 999 is only for emergency calls but, despite the work we regularly do in the media, online and over-the-phone to explain to people how to use 999 responsibly, we do still receive a high number of misplaced calls to our emergency number.

“While some of the misplaced calls we receive range from honest errors of judgement to the more unusual, there is a serious point to be made here as every misplaced call our emergency call handlers receive has the potential to delay us from responding to genuine emergencies.

“All we’re asking is that people only call 999 in genuine emergencies and remember that there are other ways to contact us for less urgent enquiries, with the Nottinghamshire Police website - www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice - offering advice on hundreds of policing and non-policing issues and the 101 non-emergency number also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

Police advice for using 999 responsibly

-Think before dialling and only call 999 when life is in danger, someone is seriously injured, someone is using or threatening to use violence, a crime is in progress, there is serious damage being caused to property or whenever else an immediate police response is required.

- For all other non-emergency policing matters, call 101 or visit the Nottinghamshire Police website – www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice – for advice on how to deal with hundreds of policing and non-policing matters.

- By not calling 999 when it’s anything less than an emergency, you can help to ensure Nottinghamshire Police’s team of emergency call handlers can be on-hand for when people really do need them.