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999 call for jacket left on bus

A man who left his jacket on a bus and a woman who had no credit on her phone are among the callers who dialled 999 in Greater Manchester.

Police have released recordings of some of their unnecessary emergency calls, which also include a man angry about his pay-out in a betting shop.

The police, ambulance service and fire service in Greater Manchester receive about 6,500 calls a day.

They are urging people only to ring 999 for genuine emergencies.

The force has released details of the calls as part of national 999 Day.

In one a man asks to be put through to Wigan police station.

The operator says: "I can't put you through on the emergency line, is it something you want to report?"

The man replies: "Yeah, it's nothing major. I've just got a bus from Wigan town centre, going home and I've had a £420 jacket that I've left on the seat."

In another when the emergency operator answered the call a woman said: "I'm sorry I've had to phone emergency but I've got no credit on my phone."

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: "999 Day has been launched to appeal to the public to only ring 999 in a real emergency as tying up the lines unnecessarily puts people's lives at risk and could delay someone in need of urgent help getting through."



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