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999

The universal emergency number in the UK, which can be dialed from any phone free of charge. It is equivalent to US 911, 112 in much of Europe, and so on.
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Mumsnet CEO Justine Roberts said: "Nobody wants to think about the circumstances in which their child might need to call 999, but as Elleemae's story shows, it can literally be a lifesaver.
Dr David Macklin, executive director of operations, conrmed that bank holiday 999 calls can put valuable resources under pressure.
Superintendent Paul Evans, who is responsible for the operation of the Gwent Police Control Room, said: "While the majority of 999 calls are genuine emergencies, this year we have received numerous bogus or inappropriate 999 calls.
Supt Alex Goss is urging people to make sure they use the 999 line appropriately, and only contact the non-emergency line if it is a police matter.
A separate "emergency" call was made by a member of the public reporting a spiritual healer as a fraud, while another man dialled 999 asking the police "to come out to frighten his sister.
And on another occasion a boy called 999 because there was a fly in his ice cream and then hung up.
We appeal to the public not to call 999 except in emergencies," he said.
The unconventional uses of the emergency number were revealed by Devon and Cornwall Police, who said 999 calls had risen by 40 percent at peak times in the last month.
The NHS is under increasing and sustained pressure from 999 calls or 'victims' arriving at hospital A&E with minor complaints.
PROCEEDINGS against serial 999 pest Thomas Brown have been delayed for psychiatric reports.