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Member of the public calls 999 to have Private Hire Operator arrested for not having any cars available

29 Aug 2018


Surrey police have issued a statement via their Facebook page reminding the general public to only call 999 in a state of emergency after they received a phonecall reporting a local minicab firm because they never had any available cars to come and pick them up.  


Although rushing down to the local pub to get a few pints under your belt may seem like an emergency to some, your lack of modes of transport is not considered an urgent matter by the police force. 


Surrey police said in their statement : 


"We received a 999 call from a member of the public asking us to come arrest a taxi company because they didn't have any cars available.

"While we get that not being able to get a taxi can be a bit frustrating, we don't need to know about it and it is not a policing matter and does not warrant a call to 999."

"Only call 999 if you or someone else is in immediate danger, or if the crime is happening right now." 

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