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#GMP24: Gnome theft and pizza order among 999 calls received by police

Garden gnome Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption A garden gnome, possibly like this one here, was reported stolen from Salford

The theft of a garden gnome and a man ordering pizza have been logged as emergency calls by Greater Manchester Police (GMP).

The calls were highlighted as two of the 2,626 emergency calls they received in 24 hours from 05:00 BST on Tuesday.

GMP said it posted the details on Twitter to show the challenges its staff faced each day.

Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said the calls "very much encapsulated an average day".

Among the calls featured as part of #GMP24 were a reported gnome theft in Salford, and a grandmother from Oldham saying that her grandchildren were misbehaving and not doing their homework.

Drunk friend

A man from Bury dialled 999 to order a pizza, a man from Manchester reported his friend was drunk and being verbally aggressive to him, while a woman rang in to say she could not leave the motorway at her desired slip road.

In addition to every call, social media users were given a detailed insight into work undertaken by officers through videos, live images from crime scenes and interactive question-and-answer sessions.

A large number of calls related to issues about domestic abuse, child protection and vulnerable adults, GMP said.

Mr Fahy said: "The changing social landscape has meant that now, more than ever, our policing priority must be the protection of the vulnerable, and detection of offenders that abuse or exploit them.

"With less officers on the ground and further reductions planned, it is essential that we have the support of the communities in Greater Manchester.

"I hope that the front row seat provided by #GMP24 has truly shown how important this support is to us."

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