Call 101 for local police

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A NEW telephone number for people to contact police has been introduced.

Suffolk Constabulary want people to call 101 to report matters which don’t require an emergency response, such as if their vehicle has been stolen, property damaged or they suspect drug use or dealing.

The number, which was introduced across the county on Tuesday, is part of a nationwide initiative which will see all forces adopting the number by the end of the year.

It is designed to offer people an easy way to contact their local police force.  

Sergeant Kevin Horton, acting inspector at Sudbury Police Station, said the new number would alleviate the pressures placed on the 999 number.

“There have been problems in the past with inappropriate calls to 999, which is there for genuine life-threatening emergencies,” said the 42-year-old, who joined the Sudbury and Great Cornard Safer Neighbourhood Team two months ago.

“This will make things a lot easier and means people don’t have to remember their local number.”

The new number will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

People who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired can textphone 18001 101.