Nottinghamshire Police introduce new 101 number

Nottinghamshire police have introduced a new 101 number for non-emergency calls.

The service replaces the old 0300 300 9999 number and should be used to report crimes such as a stolen car or damaged property.

It is part of a national campaign to report crime and disorder and all forces in England are aiming to use the number by the end of 2011.

The total cost of a call is 15p from landlines and mobile phones.

Inspector David Wilkes, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "The introduction of the 101 number will help make officers more accessible and neighbourhoods safe.

"Calls to the 101 number will be answered by control room staff here in the force - residents will not find themselves speaking to someone in another part of the country and there are many great benefits to the introduction of the new non-emergency number."

He said people should always call 999 when a crime is taking place or when a person is in immediate danger.

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