Avon and Somerset Police get emergency call for ‘taps left running’

Avon and Somerset Police has said it received an emergency 999 call out to running taps left by carers on Saturday night (January 29). Taking the public into the control room, the force live tweeted the calls it received from across the region last night, some being markedly more urgent than others.

The force responded to a call from a frightened eight-year-old boy who reported a “domestic incident” in his home. A number of switchboard, 101, and emergency calls were reported to the force across the evening.

One such call, to the emergency 999 line, reported carers who had reportedly “left the taps running.” This was reported on Twitter at 6.15pm on Saturday night.

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The post said: “999: Call to say carers have left the taps running.”

The police 999 number is typically to be used in an emergency, when reporting a crime that is in progress or if someone is in immediate danger. Avon and Somerset Police did not tweet a follow up about the reported incident, and the circumstances surrounding the incident remain unknown.

Two followers of the force Twitter account responded simply with facepalm emojis, while another said: “I take 999 calls for all the emergency services as a 999 call operator and I had one last night they needed the police because the cat was stuck under the sofa. It’s ridiculous what people phone 999 for.”


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