Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Hampshire Police moves to 101 non-emergency number

Hampshire Constabulary is scrapping its non-emergency 0845 phone number.

Until now residents have been able to contact police in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight either by dialling 101 or 0845 045 4545.

The force is keeping the 101 number, which it introduced in 2006. Other forces across England and Wales have also gradually adopted the system.

Dialling 101 costs 15p, including from a mobile, regardless of the length of the call.

When using the number, the system determines the caller's location and plays a recorded message announcing the police force they are being connected to.

The 101 number is for contacting police officers or members of staff, reporting non-urgent crime or making police-related inquiries.

Police said in an emergency the public should continue to dial 999.

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