The home office has today announced that calls to 101 the police non-emergency number will finally be FREE.

Currently it costs people 15p to call and report an emergency, those without credit on their phones or unable to pay the 15p have been unable to call.

While others have called the free 999 number and have been told despite having no money to make the call they’d have to call 101 which only results in crime and incidents being unreported.

Hone Secretary Sajid Javid has announced the move wold benefit “millions or people every year”.

The Victims Commissioner in England and Wales Baroness Newlove who did not agree with the charging has called it a “step in the right direction”.

The 101 number receives over 30 million calls a year and connects people to their local police force.

The intention of the 101 number was launched to free up 999 calls and jumps 999 calls ahead of waiting 101 calls.

Despite the number being answered by the same people in the control room as 999 call handlers it is for reporting non-emergency incidents.

The Home Office will also fund a national website where the public will be able to contact police and report crimes online.

The service, named the Single Online Home (SOH), will be fully launched in the summer.

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