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Useful UK phone numbers, speaking clock & non emergency police number
BT Contact Number
Speaking Clock Number UK
To know the last number that called you, dial 1471 (free).
Withholding Your Number
To permanently withhold your own phone number, dial 1470 (free or paying depending on your line provider). Ask the customer service team of your line provider.
Freephone number begin with 0800, 0808 and 0500. Free from landline phones (including payphone) and normally used to call companies’ customer services/helplines. A charge applies from mobile phones.
Numbers beginning 0844, 0845 and 0870 are normally paying and used by businesses, public sector organisations and government departments.
The call rate varies greatly from one provider to another as well as if you are calling from a mobile or a landline.
BT and some other providers include 0845 and 0870 numbers as part of their phone package which means they are free for up to 1 hour.
0131 is the area code for the City of Edinburgh and the surrounding area. Local numbers have 7 digits so an Edinburgh number is 0131 xxx xxxx.
A Glasgow number is 0141 xxx xxxx.
Aberdeen and surroundings have a 5 digits area code (01224) and a 6 digits local number e.g. 01224 xxx xxx.
If you are in Edinburgh and are calling an Edinburgh number from a landline you do not have to dial 0131, only the 7 digit local number e.g. 123 4567.
Non Emergency Police Number
101 - To contact your local police officer in a non-emergency situation, dial 101. For example:
if your car has been stolen
your property has been damaged
you suspect drug use or dealing
you want to report a minor traffic collision, or
you want to give the police information about crime in your area.
Available 24/24, 7 days a week and costs a flat rate of 15p per call from both landline and mobile networks.
Deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or speech-impaired callers can access the service via TextRelay on 1 800 1 101.
111 - this is the free NHS 24 number. If you need medical advice when your GP practice is closed which cannot wait until your surgery is open, call 111.
999 - In an emergency situation always dial 999. For example:
a life is in danger and you need an ambulance, police, fire brigade
a crime is in progress
a suspect is nearby.
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