Non-emergency police number 101 launched in Cumbria

A telephone number for non-emergency police calls is being introduced in Cumbria.

The 101 line is for callers who want to report non-urgent crime and disorder, or to speak to officers about any concerns.

It is being introduced as part of a national programme to ease pressure on the 999 emergency service.

The scheme has already begun in other parts of the country and will be rolled out in Cumbria by 5 December.

Craig Mackey, Chief Constable of Cumbria Police, said: "The main benefit of the national single non-emergency number is one easy to remember number for the public to contact the police nationally."

Calls to the new service will cost 15p from landline and mobile telephones.

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