Lincolnshire Police introduces new 101 number

Lincolnshire police have introduced a new 101 number for non-emergency calls.

The service will be used to report crimes such as a stolen cars or damaged property, but does not replace 999 for emergency calls.

It is part of a national campaign to report crime and disorder, and all forces in England are aiming to use the number by the end of 2011.

The 101 calls will be handled 24 hours a day, seven days a week by specially trained staff.

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

Lincolnshire Chief Inspector Simon Craft said: "We have probably missed out on calls from some members of the public who in the past have not known the number to ring and don't want to tie up 999.

"Over time we hope the 101 number will become common knowledge across the county."

He said people should always call 999 when a crime was taking place or when a person was in immediate danger.

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