101 police hotline goes live

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A NEW national non-emergency number for the police was launched yesterday.

The 101 number will give the public a new way to contact the police to report a crime that does not need an emergency response, to get advice or to speak to a local police officer.

Non-emergency crimes could include a theft, damage to property, a minor traffic collision and suspected drug dealing among others.

The number is also intended to reduce pressure on the 999 system and make it easier for the public to pass on information.