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WHISTLEBLOWERS HOTLINE AN 'AMAZING SUCCESS' SAYS YNYS MON

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Whistle blowers have saved Ynys Mon BC£750,000 by ringing a pioneering telephone hotline, the Daily Post reports (...
Whistle blowers have saved Ynys Mon BC £750,000 by ringing a pioneering telephone hotline, the Daily Post reports (Welsh edition, p5).

Up to 30 callers a day in Anglesey have reported on alleged vandals and neighbours suspected of benefit fraud, and the confidential line, set up a year ago, has produced an unexpected bonus for the police as people phone the council with tales of drug dealers and other criminals.

The council is urging other authorities to follow their example, reports the Post. Housing and property director John Arthur Jones said:

'We have had calls from across the country, from other councils, some in London, who have heard about it. It has been an amazing success ... to be honest, way beyond our wildest expectations.'

Originally the hotline was introduced to tackle vandalism but 'that problems has really cooled down now and one of the main reasons is the success of the hotline,' said Mr Jones.
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