STAFF in the Avon and Somerset Police call room are ready and waiting to handle 999 calls about real emergencies.

They don't expect to deal with a member of the public wanting a hair cut in the middle of the night.

But in the earlier hours of this morning (Tuesday, October 24), one of the force's call handlers received just such a call.

A spokesperson for the Avon and Somerset Police control room took up the story on X, formerly known as Twitter.

They posted: "999 call: Caller has stated he is in an emergency, as his local barbers are closed at 01:00am.

"Upon reflection, the caller agreed that it is unlikely that any barbers would be open at this time, and that this was not a police matter."