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MERSEYSIDE Police is launching Mandarin and Cantonese phone lines to help Liverpool's Chinese community report crimes.

They will be able to leave messages on an answer phone, which will then be translated by a volunteer.

Police said the service can be used to report crimes, pass anonymous tips or ask for more information.

Callers will be told to re-dial 999 if it is an emergency.

Sgt Mandy Hamilton, who set up the service with PC Kevin Byrne, the neighbourhood officer for China Town, said: We hope that this service will bridge that gap and provide information to officers that will help to keep the community safe from crime.

The number for the Mandarin line is 0151 777 8034 while the number for the Cantonese line is 0151 777 8067.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 21, 2010
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