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West Midlands Police 101 call over 'poo in my garden'

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Media captionA woman called police to complain about poo in her garden.

A woman called police to complain about poo in her garden.

"There's a lot of excretia...I'm wondering whether it's dog or human," she told an operator on West Midland Police's 101 non-emergency line.

Other callers complained about botch-job haircuts, broken clocks, wasps and the loudness of the ice cream vans chimes on their road, the force said.

Ch Supt Jim Andronovsome said 101 was a "vital service" but "some people treat it as a general directory".

He warned people to think before they dial, after July saw the line receive the highest number of calls in the last three years.

The woman phoning about faeces said: "It's really making me feel sick. I don't know whether I'm making a terrible fuss but in this weather it's not healthy."

"There were around 11,266 more 101 calls made in May than April this year," he said.

"June alone saw 6899 more calls than in May 2016.

"We therefore anticipate the pattern will remain on an upward trend at the end of July and leading into August as seen in previous years."

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