Hampshire police’s 0845 number is to be phased out

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A PHONE number to report non-urgent crimes and anti-social behaviour is being axed by Hampshire Police.

Following the national roll out of 101 to all police forces in England and Wales, Hampshire’s non-emergency number 0845 045 4545 is to be phased out.

The force says people should now dial 101 if they want to contact an officer, report a crime that doesn’t require an immediate response, or have a general enquiry.

The number is available 24 hours a day.

Alternatively, Hampshire Constabulary still operates its landline number 01962 841534.

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

Chief Superintendent Matthew Greening said: ‘In 2006, Hampshire was the first force in the country to launch the 101 number as an alternative to 999, with the aim to make contacting us for non-emergencies a lot easier.

‘We receive more than 22,000 calls a month to 101, showing that we are providing a valuable and sought-after service to our communities.’