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North Wales Police condemns ‘mad Friday’ timewasters

A DRUNK called North Wales Police to ask for a cheeseburger on one of the busiest nights of the year for the force.

His was one of more than 2,100 calls received by the control room on ‘mad Friday’, when the weather added to the chaos on a traditionally busy night.

Another ‘idiot’ from Denbighshire rang because he wanted a lift to a railway station so he could catch a train to the airport for his holidays.

The incidents were ‘tweeted’ by Superintendent Simon Shaw, who ran a live Twitter feed from the St Asaph control room to give the public an insight into work of the force on the last weekend before Christmas.

Despite dozens of 999 calls for snowball throwing and an avalanche of snow-related road incidents, officers reached every job required.

More serious calls included reports of the robbery of a mobile phone in Connah’s Quay and that an 81-year-old man was missing in Wrexham.

Police also dealt with 81 road traffic collisions and 124 reports of rowdy behaviour, compared to 84 on the same night last year.

Snowball throwing was blamed for the increase.

One of the more comical incidents saw a burglar alarm at a Wrexham pub go off after a reveller, who had fallen asleep in the toilet, woke up after the pub had closed and tried to leave.

Supt Shaw slammed those who wasted the time of officers when they should have been dealing with genuine and sometimes life-threatening incidents.

He said: “We had one person who phoned up asking for a cheeseburger, which is just wasting our time.

“Another man, who hadn’t even been drinking, called for a lift to the train station so he could get a train to the airport to go on holiday.

“His taxi had not turned up and he thought police would be able to fill in for them.

“This was one of the busiest nights of the entire year, we should not be dealing with calls like this.

“Luckily it did not stop us responding to genuine incidents.”