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Police: Lack of hot water is not a police emergency

May 11 (UPI) -- A British police department is reminding the public not to call the 999 emergency numbers for non-emergency situations after someone called to report their taps weren't dispensing hot water.

The West Yorkshire Police Contact Management Center said a recent caller to the 999 emergency number, Britain's equivalent of 911, reported their hot water wasn't working.

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"If you haven't got any hot water and your heating isn't working then you'll need an engineer. Ringing 999 and asking for the police won't help you," the center tweeted.

The reminder comes after the Essex Police issued a similar reminder in April, when a 999 caller reported they could hear a neighbor's loud snoring.

"An unusual 999 call at this time of the day, caller reporting they can hear someone snoring. Advice was given to them and snoring is never a reason to call 999, no matter how annoying it is," the department's communications officer tweeted.

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