Scottish police are also experiencing problems with the forces non-emergency 101 number.
Police Scotland's official twitter account posted:
We are aware of an issue when dialling 101. Please call 01786 289070 instead. In an emergency always call 999.
The Metropolitan Police have urged the public not to dial 999 while they cannot get through to the 101 non-emergency line.
There are problems with the 101 non-emergency number - pls use http://t.co/6RPX7xwSxb or visit local station to report non-urgent crime. 1/2
999 calls remain unaffected but Londoners are reminded to only use this in an emergency. 2/2
The Met have posted details of how to contact them on their Twitter feed, as have various other police forces around the country.
101# is still down. If you need to speak to us regarding a non emergency call us on 0845 458 0000
101 is still down nationally. Emergency 999 is not affected. Need to contact us now? 01273 470101 or email email@example.com.
There is currently and issue with 101 nationally. Ring 0345 6060 365 or 999 in an emergency.
The NHS 111 helpline is currently down due to a technical problem.
NHS 111 is currently down due to a technical problem - if you need non-urgent health advice call 0300 0200 155 or contact GP out of hours.
Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group, which runs NHS services in Essex, has tweeted advising people to call 0300 0200 155 for non-urgent health advice.
People with concerns can also visit the NHS Choices website.
The 101 emergency phone line is not working due to a technical fault, police forces around the country are reporting.
At least nine different police forces have now tweeted that the line is down.
We can confirm that 101 is not working nationally. Fault lies with some kit in Birmingham which is being worked on #9523
There is a national issue with our none emergency 101 line and unfortunately it is off service until further notice. 999 is still fine.
Humberside Police said the fault lay with "some kit in Birmingham" which is "being worked on".
IPCC deputy chair Sarah Green said it will examine how three police forces handled intelligence given to them by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP):
There is rightly considerable public concern about how police forces deal with sexual offences involving children.
The IPCC takes this issue seriously and proactively contacted all forces and asked them to review their handling of intelligence to determine the scale of any issues.
Our investigations will examine carefully how intelligence from CEOP was dealt with by these three forces.
Three police forces in Essex, North Yorkshire and North Wales are to be investigated over alleged failures to act on intelligence relating to indecent images of children, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said.
A seven-year-old girl has been injured after police accidentally shot a firearm during a school visit to the Nottingham Police HQ.
Nottingham Police said the child suffered a cut lip following the incident on Thursday, October 30, although police are still investigating the cause.
The gun went off at the end of a brief talk with firearms officers and one of them is now not on duty.
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The Police Federation has warned that a lack of training could hamper the pilot scheme to scrap police cautions.
If the pilot proves to increase confidence and effectiveness of the criminal justice system, it will be beneficial for everyone.
It should be noted however that lack of sufficient training in this area may pose a threat to its potential success. The most effective way to prevent crime is to have a well-funded and highly trained police service that is visible and readily available in communities.
It must be acknowledged that due to austerity measures, policing is under significant strain and is struggling to provide effective support to victims and witnesses, as was highlighted by last week’s National Detectives Survey.
This fundamentally undermines confidence in the criminal justice system and must be addressed in order to allow for the potential positive change this pilot could provide.