Owl disrupts Avon and Somerset police’s phone system

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Simon Richardson

An owl has caused critical problems for a military force’s mechanism and phone systems after it flew into energy cables.

Avon and Somerset Police had to titillate people to call 999 customarily if they had a genuine puncture and equivocate a non-emergency 101 service.

The military domicile pronounced beside army upheld them with their 999 call response on Monday.

The problem was accurate during about 16:15 BST.

The collision during 03:30 BST on Monday took out many of a energy during Portishead’s military HQ.

Becky Tipper, centre manager for communications during Avon and Somerset Police, pronounced they had staff entrance in on their day off to make certain anyone dialling 999 could still get through.

The force customarily perceived about 3,000 calls on a standard bank holiday Monday, she said, and would be “extra busy”.

‘Ruffled feathers’

A fill-in use ran from Taunton and Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Police helped margin calls.

A orator said: “We’re gratified to endorse that all systems are now behind adult and using and normal bank holiday use has been resumed.

“We would once again like to appreciate everybody for their calm and support, while we worked to redress matters and apologize for a nuisance caused.”

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The 101 series was designed to soothe vigour on a 999 line

He pronounced many people had asked about a owl’s fate.

“We don’t know for sure,” he added.

“But we positively wish a feathered crony transient but damage and was unknowingly of a feathers he ruffled, to keep us on a toes today.”

The 101 phone series is for internal military in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, for reduction obligatory matters than a 999 call. 111 is a 24-hour medical recommendation line, also for non-emergency enquiries.

Emergency calls to 999 were unblushing by a issue.