Caller dials 999 to say they have killed 'poisonous' spider
PUBLISHED: 10:24 06 September 2019 | UPDATED: 14:56 06 September 2019
A 999 call about killing a "poisonous" spider prompted police to issue a warning about time-wasting on their emergency line.
"It's not very often we get calls from people confessing a murder to us," Cambridgeshire Police posted on social media.
"However this was most certainly not an appropriate use of our 999 emergency line.
"Next time you find a spider crawling around your house, feel free to deal with it yourself and leave us out of it. We are busy enough as it is! #MakeTheRightCall"
The caller had dialled 999 at 3am saying there was "a spider crawling on their face".
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They informed the operator that they had killed it before putting the phone down.
The caller said: "I was woken up at 3 o'clock this morning due to a spider crawling on my face.
"The spider was bright green and looked poisonous so I decided to kill it. Goodbye."
The post by police on Facebook led to nearly 50 comments and several shares.
One person commented: "The mind boggles at such a dreadful waste of police time."
While another added: "Funny but not funny to waste public services resources on idiotic comments."