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Fan Calls 999 to Congratulate Harry Kane: Police Warn Against Misuse of Emergency Services



Following Harry Kane‘s crucial goal against Slovakia in the Euro 2024 tournament, a fan’s excitement led to an unusual and unnecessary call to emergency services in Derbyshire.

The incident occurred at 11:00 pm when an individual phoned 999 to express his congratulations to Harry Kane for his match-winning goal in the first minute of extra time.

The fan’s message to Derbyshire Police emphasized the significance of Kane’s goal in England‘s journey to the quarter-finals of Euro 2024, stating, «That was the goal of the European cup… that stressed me out, I can’t believe it.»

In response, the police reminded the caller that misusing emergency services is a serious matter, emphasizing that it is a criminal offense to waste their time.

Supt Adam Wilkins, the head of contact management at Derbyshire Police, voiced his concern over such incidents, calling them not only inconsiderate but also potentially dangerous.

Wilkins highlighted the importance of keeping emergency lines clear for real crises, underscoring that frivolous calls could endanger lives by hindering those with genuine emergencies from reaching help in time.

He urged the public to use 999 only in cases of genuine emergencies and not to engage in such misuse which could have severe consequences.

It serves as a stark reminder of the importance of understanding and respecting the purpose of emergency hotlines in ensuring public safety and timely response to critical situations.

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Rachel Adams

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