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North Wales Police release nuisance 999 calls

A noisy washing machine, a missed food order and a complaint over a lack of taxis are among the 999 calls North Wales Police have received recently.

The force has launched its annual campaign to cut unnecessary calls.

It received a total of 7,816 calls to 999 between 24 December 2013 and 1 January 2014.

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Supt Alex Goss said phoning 999 for trivial matters "is a complete waste of resources" that could prevent a genuine life or death call being put through.

Non-emergencies should be reported by calling 101; people can also log onto the North Wales Police website to report minor incidents such as drink or drug-driving.

Supt Gross added: "We do have powers to prosecute people for misusing the 999 system and if people are found to consistently making hoax calls they could face prosecution."

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