Dial 101 to contact the local police

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A NEW non-emergency number – 101 – was launched yesterday in South Holland and across Lincolnshire to make it easier for residents to call police.

Police say the 101 line will be manned 24-7 so people can report ‘non-emergency crime and disorder’, seek crime prevention advice or raise local policing issues.

The head of the Lincolnshire force control room, Chief Insp Simon Craft, said: “Our communication with the public is vital.

“The 101 number makes the process of contacting us in a non-emergency that little bit easier.

“We have probably missed out on calls from some members of the public who in the past may not have known the number to ring and don’t want to tie up 999.

“Over time we hope the 101 number will become common knowledge across the county.

“It will also help ensure that the 999 is used only in emergencies when an immediate response is necessary.”

Calls to 101 will cost 15p – no matter how long the call – from land lines and mobiles.