Emergency 999 call for wasp nest on the drive

A RIPLEY woman who rang 999 to report a wasp nest on her drive is among a wave of callers who have earned a reminder from police about when to call the emergency number.

Superintendent Kul Mahay, head of the force’s contact management department, is urging people to think which number is the most suitable one to ring before calling the police.

He said: “It should be clear as to what constitutes a real emergency situation.

“By ringing 999 when your call isn’t an emergency, you tie up call handlers whose time could be better spent dealing with situations where a life is in danger or a crime is in progress.”

A spokeswoman said: “On average, Derbyshire police receives 385 calls per day on the 999 number and around one third of these are not genuine emergencies.

“You should only call 999 in a real emergency – when a crime is happening, when someone suspected of a crime is nearby or where someone is injured, being threatened or in danger.

“For all other incidents or queries, including reporting criminal damage or a minor collision, ring 101.”

The reminder comes two months after the force introduced 101 as the new number to call about issues that do not need an emergency response.