Waiting times for non-emergency 101 calls to a police force to be answered have risen by 450% since the service started, it has emerged.

Callers to the Devon and Cornwall force waited an average of 18 seconds in September compared with four seconds in September 2011.

The number was introduced for people to report crimes such as drug dealing, car theft and property damage.

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