Woman in Brent calls 999 because ants crawl into her home

Chief Superintendent Michael Gallagher is the new borough commander

Chief Superintendent Michael Gallagher is the new borough commander - Credit: Archant

Residents are being warned not to abuse the emergency services after a woman in Brent called 999 because ants were crawling under her front door.

The unnamed resident went on to threaten to kill herself and to stab her neighbours when police failed to rush to her aid.

When they eventually arrived at her home she pointed out the ants before allegedly assaulting an officer.

Chief Superintendent Michael Gallagher, Brent Police borough commander, said: “I need the public to be aware that police resources are significantly stretched in order to provide a timely service where and when needed.

“If we are needed urgently we will always endeavour to get there as soon as we can, but remember 999 should only be used in a genuine emergency and there will be others trying to contact us, often in situations in great need of our assistance.”

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