Police number proves a hit

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A NEW non-emergency number to ring to contact South Yorkshire Police was dialled 15,000 times in its first month.

The 101 number replaced 2202020 and is intended for all non-urgent incidents and general enquiries. Since it was brought into service, on November 4, over 15,400 calls have been made.

Supt Adrian Moran, head of communications for South Yorkshire Police, said: “It is pleasing to see that South Yorkshire residents are using the new 101 number to contact police for non-emergency issues. However, what is more important is that during the last month we have seen a reduction in calls to both 999 and our previous non-emergency number, compared to 2010.”