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London Blasts - Using 0870 as Emergency Number
Jul 7th, 2005 at 3:06pm
 
0870 1566 344

Talk about sick. Yeah lets fleece some more money out of concerned people.

As soon as I find the Gov Org which is running it, I will issue a FOI.
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Reply #1 - Jul 7th, 2005 at 3:15pm
 
I share exactly the same sentiments, and you beat me to it at posting the opinions of probably everyone who visits this site.

I also heard that many of the victims come from all races, and nationalities, including foreign tourists.

Surely they should therefore expect calls from abroad, whether it be foreigners injured in the blast, or indeed British people with families living abroad, and as 0870 cannot be called from some countries, then the government has created some unncessary hassle for people already with enough problems.

On a brighter note, I managed to hear from both my brother and his girlfriend, and my sister and her boyfriend, who all live in London, who are all fine!!
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Reply #2 - Jul 7th, 2005 at 3:24pm
 
Agreed, sick and disgusting - would love to find out who actually are the beneficiaries of the 0870 income in this instance and then name & shame them!
The morals of alley cats (no disrespect to the felines.)
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Reply #3 - Jul 7th, 2005 at 3:26pm
 
hmm, just tryed calling it from work.

There making you hold, then giving you a recorded message and then cutting you off.
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Reply #4 - Jul 7th, 2005 at 4:01pm
 
As bad as the terrorist attacks in London today are, I see the Police have issued an Emergency Contact number for Relatives....... 0870 156634. On top of all the worry, anxiety and possible grief, you are having to pay for the call as well!! Surely an 0800 number could be issued.
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Reply #5 - Jul 7th, 2005 at 4:25pm
 
Disgusting that worried folk have to call a premium rate number.

At least if OFCOM regulate that the cost of calling such numbers have to be shown with an 0870 number then they will be humiliated into not using them.

But in the meantime we should issue a FOI to find out who is profiteering. Then contact the PR department of the company involved and demand that they donate the profit from the number to the injured etc...
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Reply #6 - Jul 7th, 2005 at 4:29pm
 
According to Ofcom's list, the number is allocated to C&W.
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Reply #7 - Jul 7th, 2005 at 4:31pm
 
Just had a look, and found that the number is allocated to Cable and Wireless.  Don't know if they then sub contract the number out to a 3rd party, who in turn offer the number to the government, but C&W would be a good place to start, and in either case, C&W will be profiteering from the number.

(This post looks a bit silly now, I started writing the post before the previous reply, lol)
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Reply #8 - Jul 7th, 2005 at 4:53pm
 
The 08701 566 344 no is the Met Police Casualty Bureau. The Metropolitan Police Authority  is responsible for overseeing them.So it might be worth complaining to them, as well as to the Met Police. See www.mpa.gov.uk
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Reply #9 - Jul 7th, 2005 at 5:17pm
 
I have already complained to Ofcom and the Home Office. I have also submitted a FOI request to the MPA and would suggest others do the same.

The use of 0870 in this situation is nothing short of disgraceful, apart from being clueless.
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Reply #10 - Jul 7th, 2005 at 5:22pm
 
MPA FOI requests:

To make a request for information from the MPA, or for further assistance, please contact:

The Liaison Unit
Metropolitan Police Authority
10 Dean Farrar Street
London SW1H 0NY
Email: foi@mpa.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 7202 0186
Fax: 020 7202 0246
Minicom: 020 7202 0173

MPA Contact details:

General enquiries
Metropolitan Police Authority
10 Dean Farrar Street
London
SW1H 0NY

Tel: 020 7202 0202
Fax: 020 7202 0200
Minicom: 020 7202 0173

General enquiries email 
enquiries@mpa.gov.uk
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Reply #11 - Jul 7th, 2005 at 5:27pm
 
I'm not sure if this it the 020 equivalent to the advertised 0870 number, but on the following National Rail Enquiries page, it quotes the following number as the number for Casualty Enquiries

020 8358 0101

See: http://nrekb.nationalrail.co.uk/incidents/today.html

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Reply #12 - Jul 7th, 2005 at 5:35pm
 
Agree entirely. This about as sick as anyone can possibly get!!
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Reply #13 - Jul 7th, 2005 at 5:35pm
 
This is an absolute disgrace. I have tried that number above to complain but was enagaged. Now I will send an email. I feel very strongly about this.
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Reply #14 - Jul 7th, 2005 at 5:56pm
 
The 0870 no is the Met Police Central Casualty Bureau no. The 0208 no is a British Transport Police No.

The Met Police Casualty Bureau is now based at the Hendon Police College. Visit

http://www.met.police.uk/casualty/info.htm
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