MP urges callers to use 101 number

Wetherby’s MP Alec Shelbrooke has welcomed a new police non-emergency phone number and is urging residents to make note of the new number.

A single non-emergency 101 number has been rolled out to police forces across England and Wales to help the public to access the police when they need them.

Mr Shelbrooke said: “101 will give the public a memorable number for their local police to report crimes and concerns that do not require an emergency response.

“It will also help the police to deal more efficiently with calls for help from the public.

“At 15p per call from both mobile phones and landlines, no matter how long the call or what time of day, the public will be spared the cost of traditional 0845 numbers previously used by many forces which can cost up to 40p per minute.”

Last week West Yorkshire Police urged the public to use the new number for non emergency calls to the force after introducing it last November.

A spokesman said that the majority were using 101 but some had still to make the switch.

Mr Shelbrooke added: “With only 25 per cent of 999 calls to the police requiring an emergency response, ministers and chief constables are confident that the 101 number will also ease pressure on 999 services.”

The last of the 43 forces in England and Wales have now adopted the number and it is already proving popular with more than two and a half million calls.