Plea to keep calls lo­cal

The Oban Times - - News -

OBAN com­mu­nity coun­cil has of­fi­cially asked for po­lice calls about Oban to be an­swered in Oban.

At an Oban com­mu­nity coun­cil meet­ing last week, com­mu­nity coun­cil­lor Ge­orge Berry said: ‘Speak­ing to lo­cal peo­ple is in­valu­able when you speak to the po­lice.’

Ex­plain­ing that he has had dif­fi­cul­ties get­ting in­for­ma­tion in both Oban and Fort Wil­liam when he goes through the po­lice 101 line, he con­tin­ued: ‘I would much rather get through to the lo­cal sta­tion be­cause peo­ple are more likely to know what we are talk­ing about.’

In­spec­tor Mark Stephen said: ‘The cen­tre has dic­tated the 101 num­ber.

‘Lo­cal sta­tions are in­valu­able. But all calls are now routed through the cen­tre.’

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