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'Time Waster' 999 Calls Up in Cornwall and Devon

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11:18am 17th August 2012

Pirate FM has learnt a woman who dialled 999 in Cornwall and Devon to complain about her plug sockets.

It is one of hundreds of emergency calls being branded time wasters.

Police say they have risen forty percent in the last month.

They include a man from Helston who thought his neighbour's radio was too loud.

Superintendent Craig Downham is Head of Call Management and Communications at Devon and Cornwall Police. He said: "There has been a marked increase in people calling 999 for non-emergencies. The 999 number should only be used for situations where life is threatened, people are injured, offenders are nearby or if immediate action is required with an urgent response. 999 should only be used in an emergency."

11:18am 17th August 2012

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