SOLIHULL police have warned those who make false or malicious 999 calls could face prosecution.
Officers are urging residents to use the three digit number responsibly over the festive period and only use it for real emergencies, like a threat to life or a genuine crime where police attendance is immediately required.
Chief Inspector Sally Holmes, Force Contact Manager, said: “We will not prosecute people who genuinely make a mistake by dialling 999, but we do ask members of the public to consider whether their call is a real emergency, particularly over the festive period when demand is increased.”
She added: “During past party seasons, we have had examples of people calling 999 because they have been asked to leave a nightclub or can’t find a taxi or they have lost their mobile phone.
“All these are not emergencies and are stopping genuine calls for assistance coming through.” Non-emergency calls and enquiries should be directed to the 101 number.