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Police urge public to use online service as Covid-19 rule changes boosts calls

An influx of calls has hit Cambridgeshire Constabulary as Peterborough police confirm they have received more than 15,000 calls in the two weeks after the last easing of lockdown (April 12).
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Police urge public to use online service as Covid-19 rule changes boosts calls Photo: Press Association

Prior to the next lockdown easing, police in Peterborough are asking the public to try and use their online services where possible as the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions sees demand for their services rise. 

They have said they received 15,000 calls in the two weeks from April 12, and an additional 2,000 the two weeks prior.

Domestic abuse and road related incidents have gone up and more crime has been reported.

Detective Superintendent Michael Branston, head of demand, said: "The number of Covid-19 related calls are dropping but overall calls for service are climbing.

"Our call handlers are working tirelessly to provide the best service possible but I’m encouraging the public to consider our online services where appropriate.

"In an emergency always dial 999, but for non-emergencies the force website has an array of information and guidance as well as forms to report crime, intelligence and Covid-19 breaches.”

This comes in time for the next lockdown easing, due to take place on May 17, which will see more places open including indoor hospitality and the rule of six moving indoors.