Only phone 999 in an emergency, Met Police warns as century's worst storm approaches (From This Is Local London)
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Only phone 999 in an emergency, Met Police warns as century's worst storm approaches
THE Met Police is expecting an increase in demand brought about by high winds in the next few days so is reminding people to only call 999 when it is an emergency.
People should call 101 to contact the police at all other times.
A Met spokesman said: “Calling 999 when it is not an emergency can reduce our effectiveness at dealing with genuine emergencies.
“Always continue to call 999 in an emergency - for example, when an immediate response is needed because a crime is happening, someone suspected of a crime is nearby, or someone is injured, being threatened or in danger.
“For all other matters, the public should call 101.”
101 can be used to report a crime that has already happened, seek crime prevention advice or make the police aware of any policing issues in your local area.
Crime which has already happened can also be reported on the Met's website.
As with 999, calls to 101 in London are handled 24 hours a day, seven days a week by specially trained officers and staff at the Met’s central communications command who help deal with enquiries.
For people who speak no or little English they can also dial 101 where their call will be connected with an interpreter.
Callers who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment can use a textphone to call: 18001 101; or in an emergency it's 18000.
The Met Police also wants to remind the public, and especially motorists, to take extra care during the expected severe weather.
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