WEST Yorkshire Police have released a recording of prank 999 call to warn against the misuse of police time.
The call was made to police regarding an EastEnders story line when a character was attacked.
The force said they had experienced a high number of inappropriate and wasteful calls to 999 during the busy Christmas and New Year period.
Mark Milsom, Assistant Chief Constable for Specialist Operations, said: “Over the Christmas period we had an unprecedented demand on the 999 service.
“For example on the night of Boxing Day we took 1,100 calls between 7pm and 4am. And in one hour – 12 midnight to 1am – we took 203 calls to the 999 number. It was relentless and unprecedented.
“I would also encourage people to think carefully about whether they should be calling 999 or 101. The 999 number is for a genuine emergency or when there is a crime in progress. The 101 number is for incidents which do not need officers to attend immediately.”
The 101 number is now being used by all Police Forces across England and Wales for non-emergency calls.