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I got this in an email today, could be of use:

A bit of useful advice - verified by the Dorset Police .
112 for emergency services - The number does work from a mobile. This actually happened to someone's daughter.
Lauren was 19 yrs old and in college. This story takes place over the Christmas/New Year's holiday break. It was the Saturday before New Year and it was about 1.00pm in the afternoon, and Lauren was driving to visit a friend, when an UNMARKED police car pulled up behind her and put its lights on.
Lauren's parents have 4 children (of various ages) and have always told them never to pull over for an unmarked car on the side of the road, but rather wait until they get to a service station, etc So Lauren remembered her parents' advice, and telephoned 112 from her mobile phone. This connected her to the police dispatcher she told the dispatcher that there was an unmarked police car with a flashing red light on his rooftop behind her and that she would not pull over right away but wait until she was in a service station or busy area.
The dispatcher checked to see if there was a police car where she was and there wasn't and he told her to keep driving, remain calm and that he had back-up already on the way. Ten minutes later 4 police cars surrounded her and the unmarked car behind her.
One policeman went to her side and the others surrounded the car behind. They pulled the guy from the car and tackled him to the ground...... ..the man was a convicted rapist and wanted for other crimes. I never knew that bit of advice, but especially for a woman alone in a car, you do not have to pull over for an UNMARKED car.
Apparently police have to respect your right to keep going to a "safe" place. You obviously need to make some signals that you acknowledge them I.e., put on your hazard lights) or call 112 like Lauren did.
Too bad the mobile phone companies don't give you this little bit of wonderful information. So now it's your turn to let your friends know about 112 (112 is an emergency number on your mobile that takes you straight to the police because 999 does not work if you have no signal). This is good information that I did not know!
Please pass on to all your friends, especially any females.

Posted at 5th Dec 2007 - 09:37AM   Posted by KittyB   May be useful? Comments: 10

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Pipany's Avatar Kitty, that was brilliant - I didn't know this either. I thought you had to pull over and aslo didn't know about the number. I will pass this on. Thank you xx

Posted by: Pipany on 5th Dec 2007 at 09:50AM

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Cait's Avatar Thanks Kitty, I have forwarded it on.

Posted by: Cait on 5th Dec 2007 at 10:45AM

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Westerwitch's Avatar Yes I was sent this one - be very interested to know if it really does work.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 5th Dec 2007 at 11:43AM

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i looked this up and it's true - glos policehave et - and then wilkopedia gave me this info:

Emergency numbers and mobile telephones
The GSM mobile phone standard includes 112 as an emergency number, and in countries where 112 is not the standard emergency telephone number, GSM telephone users who make calls to 112 generally have their calls redirected to the local emergency telephone number, if it exists. This is valuable for foreign travelers, who may not know the local emergency number. Most GSM mobile phones can dial 112 calls even when the phone keyboard is locked, the phone is without a SIM card, or instead of the PIN.

Using 112 instead of another emergency number on a GSM phone may be advantageous, since 112 is recognized by all GSM phones as an emergency number. A phone dialing a different emergency service's number may refuse to roam onto another network, leading to trouble if there is no access to the home network. Dialing 112 forces the phone to make the call on any network possible. However, some GSM networks (e.g. in Belgium, Spain, UK, Liechtenstein, Austria) are reported to connect emergency calls only from phones with a valid account on their network, e.g. customers and roamers only

Posted by: Ska on 5th Dec 2007 at 12:14PM

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Thank you that is interesting to know.

Posted by: Casdok on 5th Dec 2007 at 12:18PM

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Camilla's Avatar Thank you for that useful information Kitty, I will pass this on.

Camilla.xx

Posted by: Camilla on 5th Dec 2007 at 12:46PM

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Preseli Mags's Avatar I didn't know that either, thanks Kitty.

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 5th Dec 2007 at 12:48PM

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KittyB's Avatar Can I add that I once dialled 112 by mistake (I was trying to remember the number for the traffic line when we were stuck in a jam) and I was indeed put through to emergency services. I was mortified!

Posted by: KittyB on 5th Dec 2007 at 05:15PM

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Milla's Avatar Am I going mad, or did this not appear on last week's common room? Fear for my sanity if it did not - or am deeply excited about my presience for then I can imagine that the lottery numbers have been posted. In any case, useful to know.

Posted by: Milla on 5th Dec 2007 at 09:11PM

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KittyB's Avatar Oh, was it? I missed it if so - oops and all that.
I know the Visa one's appeared twice - but that one's a scam that you'd really believe, so it doesn't hurt to remind those of us with goldfish brains!

Posted by: KittyB on 6th Dec 2007 at 08:05AM

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