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999 caller asks: how do I defrost a turkey?

A man dialled 999 to ask police how long it would take to defrost his Christmas turkey.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have released a recording of the call in a bid to deter others from wasting their time with calls which are not genuine emergencies.

It comes in the run-up to New Year's Eve, the busiest night of the year for officers.

In the call the man asks: "How long do you defrost a turkey for?"

The disgruntled call handler then tells the man that they will arrange to have his phone blocked before asking if he has a "genuine emergency".

The man replies: "It is an emergency. Do I take the giblets out before I defrost it?"

Diane Grandidge, GMP's business lead for call handling, said "silly pranks or thoughtless requests for assistance can have a major impact on those who need a fast police response".

Another caller dialled 999 to wish police a happy New Year.

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