The telephone number for police non emergencies, 101, has been restored after technical issues affected the service.

Cheshire Constabulary were one of at least 23 forces nationwide to be affected by the disruption, after the line started experiencing problems this morning (November 22).

The force has said that the 999 service was not affected, but that 101, which is a national service, was 'currently unavailable' in a statement issued this afternoon.

But the line has now been restored following technical difficulties, with Cheshire police issuing a tweet to their social media followers reading: "We have been advised non emergency number 101 is now working".

Earlier today Cheshire police tweeted: "Cable and Wireless have advised us a switch has blown and 101 is down nationally".

Cheshire police tweet to followers

An alternative contact number was set up for members of the public who wished to contact the police in a non emergency situation.

A statement issued by Cheshire police today (November 22) said the problem was being 'addressed'.

"In an emergency, where there is a threat to life or property, or a crime is taking place, the 999 number should continue to be used and is unaffected by the current technical issues," the statement said.