POLICE have warned there are "significant delays" in answering 101 and 999 calls.

Hampshire Constabulary has warned residents that they are currently receiving a high number of 101 and 999 calls.

Those trying to contact 101 will face "significant delays" and officers will answer the calls "as soon as they can".

Taking to social media, the force said: "We are receiving a high number of 101 and 999 calls today.

"If you are trying to contact us via 101 there may be a significant delay, we will answer your call as soon as we can however you can report a number of matters via our online platform.

"We want to ensure our 999 lines are clear for dealing with emergencies and situations where there is risk of serious harm."

Residents have been asked to only call 999 if there is a danger to life, a crime is happening now, a person is having an immediate concern for safety, or there is a dangerous incident on the motorway.

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