A CALLER asking for an officer to attend a child's birthday party is just one of the latest bizarre and time-wasting requests made to West Mercia Police.

The force is warning people to think before they dial 999 or 101 for trivial queries, pointing out that their call could stop someone in need from getting help.

The caller, who dialled 101, said: "It's my young son's birthday and he wants a police party. Can I book an officer to come round?"

Tweeting from West Mercia Operations and Communications Centre (OCC), a spokesman said: "Sorry we don't do children's parties, please think before you call."

A further 101 call was made from a customer disappointed with their newly purchased rabbit.

They said: "I’ve bought a rabbit that was advertised as being six moths old and friendly, it’s not friendly or six months old, can you help me take it back?"

In response, a police spokesman said: "Badly behaved rabbits are a civil matter not a police concern."

An inappropriate caller dialled 999 for a lift home and offered the call handler some money and a kiss but was advised to call a taxi.

He said: "I can't get home from Droitwich. Can you send someone to get me?"

Another 999 caller said: "I want to report a crime. My energy company are overcharging me"

This caller was directed to call Ofgem and the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Tweeting from @SuptKevPurcell, South Worcestershire police superintendent Kevin Purcell, said: "We are moving into a very busy time of year. Use wisely as if dealing with your request that is not needed, someone else more needy may suffer.

He added: "Above all respect."