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Mobile phone advice

If your mobile phone is lost or stolen, call your network operator. The phone will be blocked just like a stolen credit card. They will want to know the IMEI number of your phone. Be prepared to answer some security questions to enable your network to establish that you are the rightful owner of the phone that is being reported lost or stolen.

On most phones tap in *#06# and this will give you the IMEI number for your phone. Keep a record of it! Then report the loss to the police on 0845 123 33 33

If you have access to the internet go to www.immobilise.com. This FREE service will let you register the phone as stolen and it will be placed on the National Police Stolen Phone Register.

PLEASE NOTE THAT REPORTING YOUR PHONE AS LOST OR STOLEN ON www.immobilise.com PUTS THE PHONE ON THE NATIONAL POLICE STOLEN PHONE REGISTER IT DOES NOT BLOCK THE PHONE�S IMEI NUMBER OR SIM CARD, TO DO THIS YOU MUST RING YOUR NETWORK.

New mobile law

From Tuesday 27th February 2007 fines for using a handheld mobile phone whilst in charge of a vehicle have doubled to �60. Offenders will also get three penalty points on their licence. Courts were also given powers to impose a maximum fine of �1000 or �2500 in the case of a driver of a bus or goods vehicle �Offenders may be spotted on CCTV or on police mobile safety cameras� said Meredyydd Hughes, Chief Constable of South Yorkshire and head of road policing for ACPO.