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101 Non-Emergency Number – Police Car
Image by West Midlands Police
These photographs have been taken by West Midlands Police to advertise and raise awareness to the 101 non-emergency contact number.
Now we are asking YOU to submit your own 101 images into our special competition!
The 101 number is a national service launched by the Home Office designed to create a memorable number for people to call regarding non-emergency crime and anti-social behaviour.
To help reinforce the number, West Midlands Police is launching a competition encouraging people to take photographs or draw pictures of the number 101 seen during their day and send them to the force.
Photographs and pictures could include house numbers, part of a bar code, or anything else that looks like a 101, such as two pens and a cup of tea seen from above.
There will be three age categories for the competition – 11 years and under, 12 to 17 year-olds and 18 plus.
A judging panel will award a prize for each category and will include the force photographer, Head of Corporate Communications and Head of Force Contact.
The 18 and under winners will be given a £20 book voucher and the over 18 category will be given a £20 music voucher.
The winners’ photos will be published on the force website and will be used in future marketing materials for 101 across the West Midlands.
People can email their photographs or pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them on Twitter with the hashtag #wmp101 or post them to the Corporate Communications department at Lloyd House, Colmore Circus, Queensway, Birmingham B4 6NQ. Entrants should include their age and contact details.
The closing date for the competition is Monday 31 December and the winners will be announced in January.
In addition to the overall winners’ prize, a selection of the best photographs/pictures will by put into albums on the West Midlands Police Flickr and West Midlands Police Facebook sites and retweeted and used in marketing materials to promote 101.
The launch last year was part of a national programme to be a memorable number the public could call to access their local police in times where they do not require an urgent response.
101 calls are handled by the Force Contact department based on 12 sites across the West Midlands. Force Contact also answer all of the emergency 999 calls.
The head of Force Contact, Chief Superintendent Jim Andronov, said: “Since it launched over 180,000 people have called 101 in the West Midlands, which has eased pressure on the 999 system.
“However, more work needs to be done to make the number as second nature to call for the public as 999 currently is.
“This photo/picture project is an interesting way of getting the public to think about the number. I would encourage everyone to look for the 101 in their day and share their photos with us.
“The message from us is simple, if it’s not an emergency call us on 101. It relieves the pressure on the 999 system, which should only be used in an emergency, such as when life is in danger or there is a crime in progress.”
The 101 number should be used to report a crime or anti-social behaviour which does not need an emergency response. For example, it could be used to report a crime that has already happened, seek crime prevention advice or make police aware of local policing issues.
In an emergency, members of the public should continue to use 999.
The 101 system works by redirecting people’s calls, wherever they are in the country, to their nearest police force. The number incurs a flat rate charge of 15p no matter how long the call lasts nor whether it is from a mobile or a landline.
Lone turtle in Audubon Swamp Garden Magnolia Plantation. This was originally a rice paddy cultivated by West African slaves.
Image by denisbin
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.
This plantation is typical of the rice plantations along the Ashley and the Cooper Rivers outside of Charleston. It was established in 1676 when Thomas Drayton built a fine house on the plantation. The Drayton family still owns Magnolia Plantation! But for most of its history the Draytons lived next door in Drayton Hall. The house you see today on Magnolia Plantation was a simple hunting lodge that was rebuilt (1873) after the original house was burned down during the Civil War. This structure is the third house on this property. It is not a grand house because of its origins as a hunting lodge. The plantation was named magnolia because of fine specimens of Magnolia grandiflora, the evergreen magnolia which also grows well in Adelaide. For me the house is interesting because in the 1840s it was inherited by Reverend John Grimké whose mother was a Drayton. To inherit it he had to adopt the name of Grimké-Drayton. Reverend Grimké was a nephew of the famous Grimké sisters, Sarah and Angelina. They were prominent Abolitionists and champions of women’s’ rights. They were practising Quakers but their father was a pro-slavery Sth Carolinian planter. They abhorred slavery and once William Lloyd Garrison started his abolitionist newspaper the Liberator (1831) and founded the American Anti-Slavery Society the Grimké sisters joined as lecturers and advocates. Like all Abolitionists they deeply insulted and hurt the Sth Carolinian slave owners. This area of the South was part of the Bible belt. Planters were devout church goers and proud Christians. But the Abolitionists said that slavery was a sin and immoral (which it was) and the Southern planters took that as a personal insult. Quickly from the mid 1830s onwards the Abolitionists like the Grimké sister widened the split between the North and the South. It took another 20 years before their concerns became major political issues and a basic issue of a political party, the Republican Party founded in 1854 and later the party of Lincoln. It is important to remember that a wealthy plantation like Magnolia had slaves but also links to the anti-slavery movement! It is also important to remember that most anti-slavery campaigners did not necessarily believe in racial equality (Lincoln was one of those). They just wanted justice for the slaves.
It was Reverend Grimké-Drayton who founded the gardens at Magnolia in the 1840s. This was the era of the concept of pleasure gardens for genteel people to wander about for amusement. Some camellias had been planted at Magnolia in the 1820s and John Grimké-Drayton expanded that collection greatly to make it one of the specialities of Magnolia. Today there are over 900 varieties of camellia grown on the plantation with many thousands of bushes. Azaleas grow almost like weeds in this climate and soon the plantation had thousands. Today there are over 30,000 azaleas bushes at Magnolia Plantation. The garden was developed in the English style, some say, to entice John Grimké’s bride from Philadelphia to Magnolia! The gardens became so well known that they were opened to the public after the Civil War in 1870. Today the garden covers many acres with ornamental ponds, lakes, and decorative bridges. Look for both the white and the red bridges.
Audubon and the Swamp Garden.
An early visitor to the garden was John Audubon who became the most famous American ornithologist and painter of the environment and flora. His major book entitled The Birds of America (1827–1839) is one of the finest ornithological works ever completed and amazingly valuable these days. Audubon had nothing to do with the Swamp Garden but it was named in honour of him. Along the drive are some magnificent Virginia Live Oaks (Quercus virginiana) draped in Spanish Moss (Tillandsea usneoides.) Some parts of this garden are around 350 years old! As Australians the fascinating features of the Swamp garden are the totally black swamp water and the beautiful Tupelo or Black Gums as they are called. They are related to Dogwoods and their botanical name is Nyssa biflora. The Tupelo are prized by apiarists as they produce excellent flavoured honey. The other tree that dominates the swamp lands is the Taxodium distichum. It is commonly called Bald Cypress. These trees live in swamps or water, grow to a great age, and are semi deciduous in the winter. Look for the knees or wooden nodes found in the mud away from the water. It used to be thought that the knees were breathing nodes but today the evidence suggests they are buttress nodes to help stabilise the tree in muddy wet soil. A tractor trolley (the Nature Train) will take us through the swamp gardens a natural habitat for several species of water birds and alligators. Provided the weather is warm enough you are bound to see some alligators (Alligator mississippiensis).They inhabit the former rice paddies and swamps of the plantation. Some of the original slave cabins are still standing as well. One of these cabins was inhabited until 1999.