New Year’s Eve proves busy night for emergency services across Norfolk
17:02 01 January 2013
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New Year’s Eve proved a testing time for emergency services across Norfolk with police dealing with more calls than they did last year.
Extra officers were on duty in Norwich and across the county last night to deal with the fall out of alcohol-fuelled crime and disorder.
Last year police dealt with 700 calls between 10pm on New Year’s Eve and 6am on New Year’s Day, but this year a spokesman said the force dealt with about 10 to 20pc more calls, including an incident in Magdalen Street, Norwich where a man in his 50s was stabbed in the throat and face.
Police were called shortly before 11pm, initially to reports that a woman had been attacked by St Saviour Church.
They arrived to find the man had been stabbed by the red phone box opposite the RSPCA charity shop on the street.
He had wounds to his face and throat and was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital with injuries described by police as “serious” but not life-threatening.
A woman was arrested in connection with the stabbing and was being questioned today at Wymondham Police Investigation Centre.
The spokesman said: ”Norfolk Constabulary had a busy New Year’s Eve, with more calls than last year.
“The first look at the call numbers suggests there were around 10-20pc more calls this year than 2011/2012, which works out as an extra 200 or so.
Extra officers were deployed across the county and dealt effectively with any incidents.
The final public order incident in the county was still being dealt with at 7.30am this morning.”
Other notable calls received by police included a 25-year-old man who was found with two serious stab wounds to his abdomen at the junction of York Way and Canterbury Way in Thetford yesterday.
A volunteer doctor from emergency medical charity, Suffolk Accident Rescue Service, was mobilised to the incident at 9.59pm.
The injured man, from Lithuania, was taken to the West Suffolk Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.
The victim was said to be in a stable condition following the incident which is being investigated by officers.
Police were also called to Main Street in Thetford at around 5.30am today to reports of a man in possession of weapons.
They went to a home on the street with their fire arms unit and two men were arrested.
New Year’s Eve also proved a busy night for ambulance workers and staff at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital which was said to be very busy.
A spokesman for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said it was a “reasonably quiet night” with just a handful of incidents, including an oven fire, a bin fire, a car fire a bonfire and a couple of false alarms on New Year’s Eve.
Meanwhile crews from Long Stratton, Carrow and Harleston were called to a fire at a bungalow in Willow Close, Long Stratton, at just before 7.25am today.
The spokesman said firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used main and hose reel jets to tackle the fire, which was caused by a tumble dryer and involved the bungalow and a garage. A building inspector was also required toattend following concerns about the stability of the building after the fire.