New 101 police service introduced in Leicestershire

Leicestershire Police have introduced the new 101 number for non-emergency telephone calls.

The measure is part of a government scheme to ease pressure on the 999 service and improve access to the police.

The service differs from the 101 number which was piloted in parts of the county in 2006 and 2007, and which focussed on anti-social behaviour.

The total cost of a call is 15 pence from landlines and mobile phones.

Previously people had to call the force's switchboard on 0116 2222 222 for non-emergency calls.

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