Police Redirect Festive Calls to Confused Civilian's Mobile

By Gary Cutlack on at

A comical number mix up saw a member of the public fielding Scottish police calls over the Christmas period, with the confused man apparently taking a total of 16 serious business calls to his mobile phone.

According to the Press Gazette, the unnamed man told the Scottish Daily Mail that: "The first time it happened, it was really strange. I had a couple of calls from one newspaper and had to say, 'Look, I don't know what you're going on about'. They said, 'What, you're not the coppers?'"

No, he wasn't the coppers. He also showed some good old British festive lethargy in his response to the continual badgering -- ignoring it and hoping it might go away. He added: "Fortunately it's just been media calls. Nothing major or anything, no one wanting to report a crime. I didn't go to the police about it as I thought eventually they would just stop."

It did eventually, with Police Scotland explaining that an out of office redirect to an "incorrect number" resulted in the man being forced into impromptu public service. [Press Gazette]

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