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Issue:- 31 March/01
DON'T BE A FOOL AND MISUSE THE 999 SYSTEM
Police are issued a warning on April Fool's Day on Thursday, 1
April, to the public about misusing the emergency 999 number.
Officers are asking people not to play the fool and to ask
themselves the question:- "Is this an emergency before dialing
It’s business as usual today for the Force with around 2200 calls
expected from the public, and around 800 of these will be made on
the 999 line. Over the years, there have been some very bizarre
calls made using 999. They include:-
“Can you tell me how to make a soufflé?”
“Can you tell me what date it is? I’m writing a cheque”
"There is a duck in the road!"
"My friend's handbag has just got wet paint on it!"
Dave Lewis, Head of Calls & Response said:- “The majority of
the calls we get on 999 are genuine emergencies. The public can be
confident that if they call us, in an emergency, we will do our very
best to answer their call within 10 seconds, and get a patrol out to
them within 10 minutes. When one of our staff answers a 999 call,
they never know what to expect. They might answer a call and there
seems to be nobody on the line. Now this could be that someone has
made a false call from a phone box and run off, or it could be
somebody who is too terrified to speak because of domestic violence.
Our highly trained call handlers have to make an quick informed
decision based on the information they are given. People who do
misuse the 999 system could be preventing someone in genuine need
getting the assistance they require. We would always urge the public
to use the 0151 709 6010 number if it is NOT an emergency situation
so we can deliver a professional and effective service for those
people in real need."
The public should call 999 if:-
A crime is happening now
People are injured
People are being threatened or are in danger
The offender is still there or nearby
He continues:- “When people call 999 in these situations, it
gives the police officers the best opportunity of catching the
offender. It also helps us collect evidence, and protect the victim.
When offenders are taken to court, in nine out of 10 cases, they are
found guilty. Responding promptly to calls and providing good
evidence at court has helped us reduce crime to its lowest level on
Merseyside since 1985”
If you need the police, but it’s not an emergency situation, you
should call:- 0151 709 6010, or visit:-
Potential Email Scam - "Subject:- Don't risk a £20,000 fine."
recent gas leak in Southport’s Neville Street, businesses in
Southport are more alert to the dangers of gas than ever. Quite a
few businesses have suddenly found this email appearing in their
inboxes, but even thought it is marked:- "Don't risk a £20,000
fine." as with them being on alert, they are still viewing
it as suspicious. Many have since alerted us to it and strangely, as
we edited this edition we have just had it as well, and we do not
have gas in our building! With the new (legitimate) Gas Safe
Register campaign warning that illegal gas workers put your life at
risk, it would not take long for phishing emails to arrive in
businesses email inboxes. This email looks like it is a scam email
playing on these new changes. We have not yet confirmed fully if
this is a legitimate business or not, but we would warn anyone who
gets it to be wary. The fact that when you use the URL they quote “receiveyourquote.co.uk” goes to a hold page, that it is
not written in English, does strongly suggest a bogus email. The
wording says:- “Cannot read this email properly. Exclusive
offer from ReceiveYourQuote in partnership with British Gas Business
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business premises to have an annual inspection? Don't risk a £20,000
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from an annual boiler service to ongoing care for your boiler,
helping give you complete peace of mind. Bullet PRICES JUST REDUCED!
Button BGB (1) Excluding VAT *Terms and conditions – This offer is
only available to new non-domestic (SME) customers in year one with
boilers of up to 70kW – This offer may not be used in conjunction
with any other offers for BusinessCare unless we agree otherwise –
This offer shall be available until the 1st September 2010, unless
previously withdrawn, extended or amended at our sole discretion –
The full terms and conditions are detailed in the welcome pack which
will be mailed to you To stop receiving messages from British Gas
Business: Confirm here To stop receiving messages from
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Be careful as this is
one of many that have come our way over the last few weeks.
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