CLEVELAND Police have quashed a myth that dialling 999 from a mobile then putting the phone down boosts a phone’s battery.
The force say they have seen an increase in abandoned calls to the emergency number, particularly from Blackberry phones.
Police, who have had five such calls in the last two days, stress it is not true and callers are tying up vital resources.
A Cleveland Police spokesman said: “The reason behind this appears to be an unfounded myth that if a mobile phone is out of charge, or needs to be unlocked, ringing 999 will give them an increased battery life.
“We would like to stress that this is not the case.”