A NEW non-emergency phone number for Cambridgeshire police has been launched.

All non-emergencies in the county can now be reported by calling 0345 4564564.

The move will allow people with call packages which provide free local calls to benefit as 0345 n

A NEW non-emergency phone number for Cambridgeshire police has been launched.

All non-emergencies in the county can now be reported by calling 0345 4564564.

The move will allow people with call packages which provide free local calls to benefit as 0345 numbers are classed as local calls.

The old 0845 number will remain operational alongside the new number until April 2011 to allow people time to get used to the new number.

Marketing materials for the force will be replaced with the 0345 number as old materials are used up over the next two years.

Cambridgeshire police are following in the footsteps of other forces that have already made the change to 03 numbers.

Force Control Room manager Ed Essad said: "The number has been introduced to give callers a better service.

"We have made the change in response to requests from the public for us to move to a number which is cheaper for many people to call.

"Although we are only changing the number by one digit we have made the decision to phase in the change over a matter of years.

"This means that the cost to the force will be minimal and it will give the public time to get used to the new number.