New 101 number for police

A NEW police number to report non-emergencies has been launched.

Anyone wishing to report minor traffic collisions, criminal damage or speak to a local neighbourhood officer can call the easy to remember number 101.

The new number has been introduced in the Cleveland, Durham, Northumbria and North Yorkshire force areas as part of a national roll-out.

It aims to make it easier for people to contact police.

Adrian Roberts, Cleveland Police’s Temporary Assistant Chief Constable, said: “This simple number is a single point of contact, intended to be an easily remembered telephone number that the public can use to report crime or gain advice in relation to non-emergency issues of policing, crime and anti-social behaviour.

“It will make us more accessible to our communities and potentially reduce the number of calls made to the emergency services that are of a non-emergency nature.”

Calls cost 15p regardless of time or day of length or from a landline or mobile.

Police say people should continue to call 999 in an emergency such as when a crime is in progress, there is danger to life or violence.

Local councils should still be contacted on their existing phone numbers for issues including dog fouling or litter.