Once the theme of a telecommunication giant's marketing campaign, the message 'It's good to talk' is now being embodied by Norfolk's police commissioner.

Giles Orpen-Smellie is encouraging residents to adopt the sentiments of the words spoken by the late actor Bob Hoskins in the iconic 90s BT adverts and talk to him about crime.

Whether you are concerned about knife crime, street violence, anti-social behaviour or speeding, Norfolk's police and crime commissioner could be on-hand to listen to individual concerns over the phone.

The call from Mr Orpen-Smellie is for people to take part in the Time to Talk initiative, where they have one-to-one access with him to discuss crime-related issues.

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Callers are given 15 minutes to talk about their concerns with the commissioner with the next event due to take place on Friday (August 18).

And ahead of the event, Mr Orpen-Smellie is encouraging those with specific issues to get in touch.

He said: "It is really important to give people the opportunity to speak directly with myself on a one-to-one basis.

"The last few Time to Talk sessions have been really informative and I hope my next event will prove equally as positive and constructive.

“If you would like to speak with me directly, please do get in touch.”

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The sessions are in addition to the quarterly PCC accountability meetings that Mr Orpen-Smellie hosts to publicly question, challenge and hold the chief constable and senior officers directly to account for their delivery of his annual policing plan.

In order to take part in the upcoming Time to Talk session with the county's PCC on Friday (August 18), email opccn@norfolk.police.uk or call 01953 424455.   

Requests to take part must be submitted by no later than midday on Thursday (August 17).

Friday's event takes place between 9.30am and 12.30pm.