A MAN dialled 999 claiming he had been attacked and when officers responded he asked for a lift to a railway station, South Yorkshire Police have revealed.

The force said another person had called the emergency number to tell police he had been to the pub and 'was now in the supermarket'.

The calls were among more than 5,000 received between December 20-29.

The force said of the 5,471 calls made to the emergency number over the Christmas period, about 70 per cent were not a true emergency.

It said a smaller proportion of those were nuisance calls from people being abusive, wanting a chat or making a false report of crime.

Tracy Potter, operations manager at South Yorkshire Police, said: "Sadly, calls such as this are not uncommon.

"They're wasting police time and, at worst, they could divert officers away from other genuine incidents, which could have grave consequences."

Ms Potter said hoax callers faced a £90 fixed penalty for wasting police time.