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These are just two examples of the many unnecessary calls Cheshire Police are having to deal with following the coronavirus lockdown, The Standard can reveal.

Now the force is reminding people to only call 999 in a genuine emergency, and that advice and answers to their questions during the crisis could be found through other agencies.

It comes after officers in Chester and Neston called on parents to make sure their children follow the Government's rules on staying indoors after being forced to deal with several incidents of youths congregating in groups yesterday.

In a statement, Cheshire Police said: "Cheshire Constabulary has received a significant number of calls following the Government’s announcement of strict new social distancing measures.

"It is understandable that people are concerned in these unprecedented times and where we can help in relation to a policing matter, we will.

"However, the help and advice you need may be available from other agencies including the Government, NHS and your local council.

"Again, we understand these are really concerning and difficult times for everyone but there is lots of advice and guidance on the coronavirus outbreak – please visit

"It would really help our call handlers if people only ring 999 if it is a genuine emergency – a crime is in progress or there is a threat to life. If it is not an emergency, but you have a police-related query, you can dial 101 or send us a message via our website."