Warning over cost of 101 calls to the police

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News from Northumbria Police

An Alnwick man has reminded residents that the 101 non-emergency number for the police is not free and costs 15p per call.

Members of the public are advised to call 101 to report crime and other concerns that do not require an emergency response.

For example, if a car has been stolen, property has been damaged, if you suspect drug use or dealing in your neighbourhood, to report a minor traffic collision, give the police information about crime in your area or speak to the police about a general inquiry.

Michael Weatheritt said that it seems unfair that victims of crime have to pay, while criminals are allowed a free phone call to their solicitor.

However, the 15p call charge goes to the telephony providers to cover the cost of carrying the calls. The police and government receive no money from calls to 101.