Derbyshire Police's 999 service out of action after blown fuse

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Image caption Derbyshire Police's 999 calls were handled in neighbouring Nottinghamshire

A police force's 999 calls were handled by another force for a morning after a blown fuse knocked out its call centre.

Derbyshire Police's emergency calls, usually handled at its headquarters in Ripley, were temporarily taken in neighbouring Nottinghamshire, after the fire alarm sounded at about 07:30 BST.

People were asked to only call in an emergency, as 101 call takers were moved to a different building.

The fire service said it was called out to a suspected fire but none was found.

A police spokeswoman said all staff at the building were evacuated but no one was injured. Only the call centre buildings were affected and emergency calls are now being received in Derbyshire.

All 999 and 101 calls are usually taken by the force's Central Contact Management Centre but contingency plans exist if there is a problem with the building, she added.

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