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The Met Police's 999 answering machines reveal the most annoying prank calls they've received in 2020


"Can I have some chicken nuggets, please?" The Met Police's 999 answering machines reveal the most annoying prank calls they've received in 2020

  • The Met's Contact Center (MetCC) received 3,540,185 Hoax 101 and 999 calls
  • One of the prank calls included a person telling operators to remember to shower.
  • Inquiries also included burglary, violent crime, and murder services

A request for chicken nuggets and fake reports of murders and break-ins were among the more than 3,000,000 time-consuming calls the Metropolitan Police received that year.

The Met's Contact Center (MetCC) received 3,540,185 Hoax 101 and 999 calls from January 1 to December 1 of this year, with more than half from callers who needed immediate assistance.

The calls included a person telling operators to remember to take a shower, I can smell you from my house, and a person who rang four times in one night to have a chat.

The Metropolitan Police Contact Center (MetCC), which operates from three different call centers across London, received 3,540,185 Hoax 101 and 999 calls from January 1st to December 1st this year. (Picture from a picture agency)

Inquiries also included services for persistent break-ins, violent crime, murder scenes, and chicken nuggets.

As part of those repeated callers, the MetCC, which operates from three different call centers across London, has also received calls from people suffering from mental health problems like dementia and psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia – some of whom have called up to 15 times a day .

The MetCC's 1,710 staff are available 24/7 to assist the service officials and staff and are a point of contact for Londoners in dire need.

However, the police are now appealing to the public to “act responsibly” when using the lines, as “a situation could develop that is worsening by the minute”.

Chief Superintendent David Jackson, Head of Contact, Command and Control at the Met, said, “The Met Contact Center staff must operate at a high level of technology, be constantly pressed for time, and handle calls that are often a life and death issue.

The calls included services for ongoing break-in, violent crime, murder scenes and chicken nuggets. (Picture from a picture agency)

The calls included services for ongoing break-in, violent crime, murder scenes and chicken nuggets. (Picture from a picture agency)

& # 39; It is really disappointing that a minority of people have chosen to call the service a prank.

“We appeal to the public to act responsibly when using the lines. A situation can arise that will worsen by the minute. In these cases, the valuable time and skills of our operators are critical.

"We reserve the right to prosecute disruptive callers under either the laws of Malicious Communications or the s127 Communications Act (abuse 999)."

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