YOU may think that 999 is only dialled in dire emergencies, but the public has been given a new insight into some of the calls Lincolnshire Police receive - which include petty squabbles over car parking spaces.
For the first time Lincolnshire Police has released details of every single incident reported over a 24-hour period.
As well as the normal emergency calls about missing persons, road traffic collisions and sudden deaths, there are numerous reports of people throwing snowballs and come night-time the phone lines are flooded with reports of drunkenness and violence in town centres across our county.
What is even more surprising however is some of the trivial matters that members of the public report to the police, including a woman who said someone had parked a car in ‘her space’ and a cat that had been run over.
The aim of the new report, detailing 459 incidents in 24-hours, is to give the public a snapshot of the type and sheer quantity of issues officers deal with every day.
Chief Constable Richard Crompton said: “The 500 or so incidents dealt with by the force over this 24-hour period just shows the variety of issues we deal with on a daily basis.
“Perhaps the only untypical ones are the reports of snowball throwing and icy roads but it also demonstrates the importance of making careful judgements on the deployment of resources and deciding which are urgent and which can be left a while and others which can be sorted out with a telephone conversation.
“As always our aim is to provide a top quality service to the people of Lincolnshire.”
Incidents for 24-hour period were taken from 12noon on Saturday November 27 to 12noon Sunday, November 28. These include 999 calls, non-emergency calls and reports to police stations.
Mr Compton added: “The majority of calls are genuine and important to the people making them and consequently the way we respond to every request is important as well.
“I hope this snapshot of a day in the life of Lincolnshire Police will demonstrate just what we have to deal with, but what won’t be obvious is the amount of time we have to spend on many of the reports to ensure we meet the expectations of the caller.”
Here are just some of the more unusual incidents reported to Lincolnshire Police during the 24-hour period and those from the local area -
12:21 - criminal damage to cars at Market Rasen
13:15 - vehicle upside down people trapped at Welton
14:01 - cat run over – caller doesn’t know who to contact
14:02 - report of unattended milk float with keys in ignition
14:33 - horse in road causing problems at Sleaford
14:34 - criminal damage – cars damaged at Market Rasen
15:10 accidental 999 call to police from mobile phone in pocket
15:12 hoax 999 call from phone box in Lincoln
15:12 theft of mobile phone – Louth
16:43 - domestic incident between in Louth
17:19 - boy racers in car park at Louth
17:27 - disturbance in shop at Market Rasen
18:09 - report of dangerous driving at Market Rasen
19:24 - caller rang and then changed his mind
19:37 - snowballs being thrown at a school building at Louth
19:47 - alarm at house sounding in Louth
20:37 – domestic incident in Louth - person injured
21:40 – woman reporting someone parks in ‘her space’
21:43 - alarm has gone off at flats in Louth
21:57 - police vehicle broken down at Market Rasen
22:21 - report of poachers in 4x4 near Louth
00:29 - drunk and injured 10-year-old girl needs help
00:33 - report of suspicious youths in Market Rasen
00:58 – woman has woken up drunk & is scared
02:44 - vehicles damaged in Louth – arrests made
09:05 - report of youths in Willingham Woods
10:08 – report of noise nuisance, Willingham wood
11:38 – double parked cars stop bus getting through