July 24, 2020 4.36 pm This story is over 46 months old

Time wasters call police to ask about wearing masks

Daft questions wasting police time

Lincolnshire Police deal with a lot of serious incidents, but sometimes this is disrupted by people wasting their time with daft questions including whether or not to wear a mask.

From Friday, July 24 wearing face masks in shops became mandatory. Lincolnshire Police’s force control room said its call takers has already had a few enquiries about whether or not to wear a face covering.

Police advised if people need more information about their personal circumstances they should read the government guidance online rather than ringing 101.

Police have already warned that they have the power to enforce the rules regarding face masks, with anyone caught not doing so in risk of a £100 fine.

Some people could be exempt from wearing masks and this is also outlined in the latest government guidance.

This certainly isn’t the only time police in Greater Lincolnshire have had to deal with daft or bizarre questions.

Humberside Police revealed last year some of the calls that had come into its force control room, such as ‘How big is your bum?’ and ‘Can I shoot a rat in my house please?’