Call 101 for your local police

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A new phone number was launched by the police today.

Lancashire Police has joined the rest of the region and replaced the current non-emergency number 0845 1 253545 with 101.

From today, residents who wish to report non-emergency crimes or incidents, discuss anti-social behaviour or speak to the police should call the new number.

Lancashire’s assistant chief constable Andy Cooke said: “Everyone knows to ring 999 in an emergency.

“But research shows only 54 per cent of the public know how to contact their local police if they want to talk to them about less urgent issues.

“The introduction of an easy-to-remember, three-digit number should help address this.

“It should also help divert more non-urgent calls away from the 999 system, freeing up call handlers to deal with genuine emergencies.”

The 101 number will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Ast Chief Con Cooke added: “101 makes it far simpler for people to contact their local police force. It also makes it easier for people to pass on information or seek advice from the police.”