New number to remember

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COMMUNITY crime-fighters have been reminded of the new national 101 non-emergency telephone number.

More than two-and-a-half million calls have been made to local police forces since the scheme was rolled out across England and Wales in a phased introduction that saw Northumbria go live last month.

The easy-to-remember number is for people to report crimes and concerns that do not require an emergency response and should ease the pressure on 999 services.

It costs 15p per call to dial 101 from both mobile phones and landlines, no matter how long the call or what time of day it is made.

Previous numbers used by many forces could cost up to 40p per minute.

The 101 number in Northumbria replaces the 03456 043043 number.

999 should only be used in an emergency, when crime is happening, when a suspect is nearby, or when someone is injured or in danger.