Dorset Police call handlers handled 450 incidents over a 12-hour period: including reports of scratching, abuse of seven-year-olds and loose sheep.
The incidents were revealed as part of a live Tweetathon hosted by Dorset Police to provide live, real-time updates of calls handled.
During the 12 hours (from 3 p.m. on Friday August 5 to 3 a.m. on Saturday August 6), the force handled 250 calls to 999: including one from an intoxicated woman who telephoned to say that she didn’t know where her boyfriend was. While she was on the phone, the boyfriend reappeared and the police ordered them to go home.
Several emergencies were responded to with a number of 999 calls relating to concerns over people’s welfare.
Officers were dispatched to the Bridport area around 1.35am following reports of a man punching two women in the face: knocking one of them unconscious.
Earlier in the evening, reports were received of a 7-year-old child insulting elderly people and threatening another child with a screw. The boy also exposed himself from the front door of the property.
Officers must have gotten involved in a completely different type of incident when, at 1:19 a.m., the call room received a radio message from an officer after CCTV officers saw a man pooping in the street. Officers attended the scene and ordered the man to leave.
At 7:49 p.m., police received a 101 call reporting a “suspicious man who jumped out of a bush, got into a van with another man, then got out before returning to Dorchester woods – it is believed that he was dragging”.
Deputy Chief Constable Steve Lyne, of Dorset Police, said: ‘We want to give members of the public a real insight into the hard work our officers and staff put in during a typical day, so expect to see several hundred tweets sharing the request. us within 12 hours.
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner David Sidwick said: “The Tweetathon is not only a great way to share information on how to contact the police, it also shows one side of the work of the Dorset Police that many people don’t see – the work that goes on behind the scenes 24/7 to keep us all safe.