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Last Updated: Friday, 7 December 2007, 09:00 GMT
Crime line to take its last call
A telephone line which has been helping to tackle anti-social behaviour in Leicestershire and Rutland has taken its final calls.

The 101 line, which handled non-emergency calls to police, closed at midday on Friday.

Home Office funding has been withdrawn as the service was deemed too expensive to keep going, despite acknowledgements of its success.

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

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

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.

The Home Office has also cut funding for the 101 service in four other trial areas in Cardiff, Hampshire, Northumbria and Sheffield.



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