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Boy 'dialled 999 over Xbox rebuke'

Published 19/07/2011 | 16:25

A 13-year-old boy dialled 999 after his parents told him off for playing on his Xbox console at 11pm, police have said
A 13-year-old boy dialled 999 after his parents told him off for playing on his Xbox console at 11pm, police have said

A 13-year-old boy dialled 999 after his parents told him off for playing on his Xbox console at 11pm, police have said.

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It was one of thousands of hoax, silent or frivolous calls Durham Police deal with every year.

The force released a transcript of a call-handler ringing back the household to ask if there was a real emergency.

The apologetic father replied: "It was my son. He rang 999 because we were telling him off for being naughty.

"He's 13. I took him off his Xbox, it was 11 o'clock and it was time for him to go to bed."

The handler replied: "That sounds about right. As long as he's OK and you don't need the police."

Durham Police also said it received a call from "a man reporting concern for two ducks sitting by the side of a boating lake in Newton Aycliffe".

These were in addition to time-wasters shouting abuse at call handlers. bomb hoaxers and teenagers daring each other to call 999.

Chief Inspector Stu Exley said: "The 999 system is for use in an emergency, for example when life is at risk or a crime is in progress. But it seems a lot of people cannot get this into their heads, and use the number almost as a free phone book."

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