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'It's not an offence to let a cat eat your bacon' - Is this the most ridiculous 999 call?

Published 03/08/2015 | 13:39

The caller wanted press charges against his girlfriend and the cat. (Stock photo)
The caller wanted press charges against his girlfriend and the cat. (Stock photo)

Police in England have released audio of what must be one of the most ridiculous emergency calls ever.

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An incredibly patient emergency response operator in West Yorkshire received a call from a furious man demanding justice after his girlfriend let her cat eat his bacon.

The man wanted to press charges against his other half and the gluttonous cat.

Over the following 90 seconds, the operator had to explain why this was not a matter for the police.

"Sir, it's not a criminal offense to let your cat eat your bacon. And we don't arrest cats," she actually said.

The West Yorkshire police released the audio to raise awareness of how the emergency services should be used.

“Someone rang us at two in the morning to ask us who the actor was that played Magnum P.I," head of dispatch team Tom Donahoe told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“It was driving him mad, he was with his friends and couldn’t think of the answer, so he rang the police.”

Mr Donahoe hopes that bringing attention to these ridiculous calls will make people think twice before calling 999.

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