CHRISTMAS is just around the corner, and while it may be a busy time for us, it can be busy for the emergency services and the police are urging residents not to make hoax calls.

In December 2020, 109 hoax calls were recorded.

They included someone trying to place an order for pizza, requesting a taxi, or wishing staff a happy new year.

However the hoax calls can take resources from those who are experiencing an emergency.

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “Whilst we appreciate festive well wishes, it’s important to remember to only call 999 when it’s an emergency.

“Hoax calls not only take up our call handlers’ precious time and could potentially put others who really need us in danger, they are also a criminal offence and if found guilty you could receive either a fine or prison sentence.

“We want everyone to have a safe and merry Christmas. If you do you need to contact us, we are here 24/7 - call 999 in an emergency, or 101 in a non-emergency.”