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Police urged to use CCTV to identify sandwich-guzzling seagull in 999 call

Published 22/07/2015 | 17:22

A 999 caller urged police to use CCTV to track down the a that stole his sandwich
A 999 caller urged police to use CCTV to track down the a that stole his sandwich
The identity of the sandwich-stealing seagull is still to be determined

A man dialled 999 to report a seagull had stolen his sandwich, police have revealed.

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He told the operator the greedy bird had swooped down and pinched the snack from his hands in Bristol city centre and urged police to check nearby CCTV for evidence.

In another call a woman reported the owner of a guest house where she was staying for refusing to cook breakfast.

A third person telephoned to say her seat belt in a taxi was too tight while a fourth complained that his fish and chip dinner was too expensive.

The calls were highlighted by Avon and Somerset Police as examples of "inappropriate" use of the 999 emergency service, as part of a 24-hour tweetathon by officers showing what they deal with every day.

One tweet said: "Man found with top off in middle of a road in Glastonbury saying he was 'basking in positive energy'. Was told to find it off road."

Another officer tweeted about a call from someone who complained about being splashed by a puddle.

A force spokesman said: "Since midnight we've had 41 inappropriate calls to 999 using up precious time for emergency calls."

Meanwhile, a man reported missing overnight has been found "safe and well" - in his own bed.

Officers tweeted the news after announcing he had gone missing.

They said: "Man reported missing in Bath - he has been found safe and well in his own bed #ASP24"

Another caller dialled 999 to speak to the Queen, while one woman rang the police to complain about the airport losing her luggage and delivering it to her neighbours who were out.

Police also highlighted the case of the dozy car thief.

They wrote: "Thanks to the car thief who changed his profile picture on Facebook to one of him sat in a stolen vehicle! #busted #ASP24"

The tweeting began at midnight @ASPoliceLIVE and is due to last 24 hours with hundreds of updates posted from across the force area.

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