A WOMAN who phoned 999 to explain she was going to eat some chocolate Hobnobs to help her sleep was just one of hundreds of callers dealt with by Dorset Police on a busy Friday night shift.

The force shared live updates of every call to its 999 and 101 numbers over a 12-hour period to make the public aware of the volume and variety of calls it receives.

The ‘tweetathon’ took place between 4pm on Friday and 4am on Saturday and saw the Force Command Centre handle 488 calls to the emergency 999 and 101 non-emergency lines. Hundreds of additional calls were dealt with by an initial triage call-handling team.

Police were called to several reports of fighting in Weymouth town centre. The force tweeted that, at 3am, custody teams were looking after 22 people and that more than half of these were as a result of alcohol or drugs.

There were reports of a fight and "blood everywhere" in Weymouth at about 11.50pm on Friday, June 14 after a fight between two men at an address in Commercial Road.

An investigation was opened by police after a man was apparently trying to break into a house to get drugs in Dorchester.

At about 10pm on Friday, June 14 a man was apparently kicking the door of a house in Cambridge Road to try and get some drugs.

Unfortunately, the force also dealt with numerous enquiries that should not have been directed to the police.

A regular caller phoned 999 to say that she couldn't sleep. She then explained she was going to eat some chocolate Hobnobs to see if that helped.

One person called 999 to report that a bottle holder had been stolen off of their bike. The operator told the caller that this could have been reported through 101 instead.

Another person phoned 999 to report their neighbour’s TV was too loud. They were also told the matter was not an emergency and they should contact their local council to report it.

A delivery driver then called 999 after a customer took a photo of him after he delivered their takeaway. The call-handler told him this was not an offence and passed the details to 101.


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