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Non-emergency crime line to close
The 101 telephone line, which handles non-emergency calls to police in parts of Leicestershire, will close next month, it has been confirmed.

It was funded by the Home Office but earlier this month the government said it could not afford to continue, despite acknowledged benefits.

The police and local councils have said they will continue to work together to tackle anti-social behaviour.

The closure will mean 38 full and part-time staff will be re-deployed.

Track record

As well as Leicester, Rutland, Melton and Harborough, the 101 line was trialled in Cardiff, Hampshire, Northumbria and Sheffield.

Since September 2006, more than 70,000 calls have been made to the service in Leicestershire.

It had been praised for giving police and councils a forum to spot trouble and had a high satisfaction rating with users.

Acting Asst Chf Cons Wendy Yeadon, said: "We are very concerned that the lack of continued funding from the government does not undermine the tremendous work which has been done in local neighbourhoods in tackling anti-social behaviour, since the introduction of the 101 service.

"The successful analysis of anti-social behaviour, in its many guises, is hopefully going to continue through the joint working arrangements of the ICSB teams based at local police stations within Leicester city and the county."

The service will close on 7 December.

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