North Yorkshire Police warns 999 number may not work

North Yorkshire Police's control room.

North Yorkshire Police is warning that the emergency 999 number may not work.

The force is affected by a national system problem which is affecting a number of emergency services around the country.

A spokesperson said: “We are currently having problems with 999 calls getting through to our force control room.

“In case of an emergency please dial 101 if you are unable to get through on 999 and we will answer your call.

“This is a national issue and we will issue an update as soon as possible.”

A government spokesperson said: “We are aware of a technical issue with the 999 call system today. A full investigation is underway to resolve this as quickly as possible.

“BT’s back-up system for emergency calls is running and members of the public with genuine emergencies should continue to call 999 or 112 in the normal way.

“You should be able to connect when calling 999 or 112, but if you still have difficulties connecting you may contact 101 for police and fire and rescue services, or 111 for health.”