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Crews kept busy by World Cup fever

PUBLISHED: 18:43 12 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:00 22 October 2010

A weekend of hot weather and World Cup celebrations made last week the second busiest in history for ambulance crews in East Anglia.

Nearly 900 people called crews on Saturday demand peaking about an hour after the end of the England v Paraguay game and again at about 11pm.

A weekend of hot weather and World Cup celebrations made last week the second busiest in history for ambulance crews in East Anglia.

Nearly 900 people called crews on Saturday demand peaking about an hour after the end of the England v Paraguay game and again at about 11pm.

Director of operations Rob Lawrence said it had been a fairly typical summer Saturday until after the football had finished until about midnight when calls rose by 44pc over an average Saturday, many of them drink related.

He said: "The number of assaults was up 50pc on the previous Saturday, while we also saw a large number of calls from people who had simply had too much to drink in the hot weather.

"Many people had been out in the pubs from about 12pm onwards and kept drinking all afternoon. But unless people take in plenty of water the alcohol is going to dehydrate them quite seriously in the heat and leave them in a bad way."

On Sunday the service received 851 calls and, by

the end of the weekend, it

had clocked up its second busiest week ever, behind only the last week of last year which included New Year's Day.

"We are not asking people not to call for an ambulance if they need one, but to just think about the consequences that their irresponsible drinking may have on other people who may be seriously ill or injured," Mr Lawrence said.

"The sheer volume of calls can obviously have a knock on effect on how quickly we can respond to incidents and the more minor assaults and drunken incidents we are called to the less resources

we have available to deal

with potentially serious incidents."


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