Police have been running a campaign to educate people on when they should dial 999 and when they could go online.

The aim is to reduce the number of calls to 999 that aren’t urgent or emergencies.

Asst Ch Const Deb Smith said: “As an emergency service we are always going to be in high demand, however we know that not every call is an emergency, a report of crime or even something the Police should be dealing with.

“Over the summer we have asked that before you call you consider if you can access the information you need or make a report using our website.”

“I would like to say thank you to those of you who have already made the change to start online.

“Between June 1 and August 31, we have had 81,202 visits to our website from 50,302 people, who have looked at 265,182 pages.

She added: “In the last three months 6725 forms have been completed using the website. That could have been 6725 additional calls to 999 or 101.”

Police would like people to keep using the online reporting facility if they can.