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If you have witnessed or been the victim of crime, you should report it to the police immediately.  Whilst there is no legal obligation to contact the police, the information you provide could be extremely important in helping bring criminals to justice, protecting others from becoming victims or preventing further crimes occurring. The criminal justice system can only work effectively with your help.

Torbay Council can support you with a range of matters including:

Contacting the police

In an Emergency

In an emergency always dial 999.

If you have a speech or hearing impairment you can Textphone:

  • 18000 Emergency - Mincom/Text phone number
  • 999 Emergency - SMS/Text Number

Users of this service will need to register their phone to use the Emergency text 999 service.

In a Non-Emergency

In an non-emergency dial 101.

If you have a speech or hearing impairment you can Textphone:

  • 18001 101 - Mincom/Textphone
  • 67101 - SMS/Text Number

Users of this service will need to register their phone to use the Emergency text 999 service.

Terrorism and radicalisation

If you’ve seen or heard something that could suggest a terrorist threat to the UK do not ignore it, report it.

Found illegal or harmful information, pictures of videos you’ve found on the internet?  You can make you’re report anonymously.

You should always call 999 or the police anti-terrorist hotline 0800 789 321 to report an immediate terrorist threat.

Where else can I report a crime?

If you want to report a crime, but wish to remain anonymous and do not want to be identified to the police, call crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.  Alternatively you can report a crime on the Crimestoppers website.

Fearless is a CrimeStoppers website where young people can give information about crime 100% anonymously.

Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experience cybercrime.

Reports submitted are passed to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau and a crime reference number will be passed for your records. Action Fraud does not investigate cases and cannot advise you on the progress of a case.

You can contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or the online reporting tool.

Hate crime is any crime that the victim or any other person perceives to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on one of the following things:

  • Disability
  • Gender Identity
  • Race, Ethnicity or Nationality
  • Religion, Faith or Belief
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Transgender Identity

You can report a crime whether you are a victim of hate crime or witnessed an incident you believe to be a hate crime on the Stop Hate Crime website.

The Child Exploitation and Online Command (CEOP) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to protect children from sexual abuse and grooming both online and offline. You can make a report on the CEOP website.

Modern Slavery is a very real threat in the UK and can affect people of any age, gender or race. However, most commonly, slavery affects people and communities who are minority, socially excluded and vulnerable to being exploited and controlled by someone else.

Types of Modern Slavery Include:

  • Forced Labour
  • Sexual Exploitation and Prostitution
  • Debt Bondage
  • Human Trafficking
  • Child Slavery
  • Forced Marriage
  • Organ harvesting

If you suspect someone is a victim of modern slavery you can call 08000 121 700 or report it on the Modern Slavery Helpline website.