Hello, 999? The Sky box won’t work and I’ve lost my trousers

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Timewasting callers are being threatened with court after dialling 999 to call police over problems such as difficult toddlers and off-key carol singers.

Another caller reported her schoolgirl daughter’s trainers were muddy after she fell in a stream and her friends were laughing.

The calls were revealed by police in Rotherham, who have now sent out letters warning that regular timewasters calling 999 or an alternative 101 number could face action.

One man asked for help after losing his trousers on a drunken stag night and a woman asked for help because she couldn’t access film channels on Sky TV

Another man called to say his neighbour disliked him because of his habit of jumping up and down on a trampoline wearing a dress.

There were also two separate incidents where parents called police to complain that their child would not go to bed when told.

During 13 months, one man made more than 100 calls, none of which led to a police investigation.

South Yorkshire Police is now sending out letters and threatening legal action on those who consistently was police time and resources.

DS Nigel Taafe said: “We really have to get tough with these people now. We’re not saying you can no longer call us or we won’t help if you’re a victim of crime.

“We’re highlighting the fact that they are taking up the valuable time of officers, PCSOs and call handlers.

“There are people who place a disproportionate demand on our resources and not for policing issues.

“If your 14-year-old daughter has got her brand new expensive trainers muddy and her friends are laughing, most people would not ring us but again someone did.”

The letter being sent says: “This is a final warning to you and there will be consequences should you fail to engage and continue your current behaviour. Further action will be considered.

“It is an offence to waste police time and although we will support you in any genuine policing need, if it is deemed you have committed such an offence then consideration will be given to prosecuting you.”

Police also fear that real crimes are going unreported.

Pc Nick Knowles said: “There are a lot of people who need us and therefore a big demand on our services.

“But there are also some who have difficulty managing aspects of their own lives and don’t understand the job of the police.

“They call us up for things most people would know how to deal with themselves.”