The Herald

In need of help


SIMON Lord in NewZealand passes on a newspaper cutting about police complainin­g about the 111 emergency service – the equivalent of our 999 – being abused by the public. Among the calls they received were:

A bride in Christchur­ch, panicked by a large oil stain on her wedding dress.

A man who had two hedgehogs fighting on his lawn.

A woman in Rotorua, in a rush to get to a garden party, asking for help to thread a needle.

A man who rang to say there was a cow at his letterbox and he was scared.

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