Devon and Cornwall Police highlight 'inappropriate' calls

Small Unmanned Aircraft, or drone. Pic: Thinkstock Image copyright Thinkstock
Image caption Inappropriate calls included a question about being spotted by a drone aircraft

Calls about closed public toilets and an escaped budgie were among the inappropriate queries made to Devon and Cornwall Police in recent weeks.

Another included a question about whether it was illegal for someone to urinate in their garden if spotted by a drone aircraft, officers said.

People should only call 999 or 101 in an emergency or to report non-urgent crime, the force said.

Its contact centres receive more than a million calls a year.

Although many people used the services responsibly, "there were still a significant number who, whether through ignorance or impatience, waste police time", the force said.

Nuisance queries increased waiting times for genuine callers, it added.

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