Man dialled 999 over corked wine

Police chiefs issued a warning after a man in a bar rang 999 to complain that his wine was corked.

The caller claimed staff wouldn’t give him a refund and wanted officers to sort it out, reports The Mirror.

The man was in a bar in Manchester’s Northern Quarter when he dialled ‘999’ and asked for police.

Insp Phil Spurgeon said “He said he was having a dispute with staff because they would not give him a refund because his wine had bits of cork in it.

“They were trying to eject him because he was being difficult. We did not send anyone. The man was given advice.

“While a call handler is dealing with a call like it, someone else could be facing a real emergency.

“People who dial 999 for inappropriate reasons could find themselves being fined.”

Greater Mamchester Police said it dealt with an average of 3,571 emergency and non-emergency calls a day during April, May and June.

They included one woman who rang to complain about maggots in her bin and a man who called to say a motorist had stolen his car park space.

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