Fires, crashes and assaults - busy New Year’s Eve for emergency services in Norfolk and Suffolk

The collision occured at around 4.55pm

The collision occured at around 4.55pm - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2011

It was a busy New Year's Eve for our emergency services, who dealt with domestic incidents, alleged drink drivers, fires and crashes.

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The East of England Ambulance Service received 160 calls in the first 40 minutes of the New Year, with senior officer Matt Broad tweeting: 'Now is the time for people to act responsibly and only call 999 in an genuine medical emergency.'

Four crews of firefighters were called to a fire in a workshop in Southery which had threatened to spread to a house.

They were also called out to a number of crashes on our roads.

Two people were hurt after a crash on Beach Road in Gorleston just before 2.30am.

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One crew of firefighters from Gorleston were called.

Crews from Attleborough and Wymondham were called to an accident on London Road in Attleborough just before 6am. It is not know if anyone was hurt.

Broadland Police arrested a man on suspicion of domestic violence a quarter of an hour into the New Year.

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Norwich South police sergeant Mark Shepherd said police arrested a woman for domestic assault and criminal damage in the east of the city at about 12.30am.

His first job of the evening was a report of a house party that had gone wrong, with some people fighting. Police dogs were also sent to the scene, but Sgt Shepherd tweeted: 'Upon arrival. All calm, no one making themselves known.'

Just after 11pm, he tweeted that a man in west Norwich was arrested for drunk and disorderly behaviour, but police had to wait for a van to collect him because he had wet himself.

Fenland Police tweeted: 'Officers attended a number of different incidents throughout the night. Everything from domestics, RTC's, assaults & concern for person.'

They added that nine people were in custody - three for assault, three for criminal damage, one for breach of bail, and two for minor offences.

A paramedic was allegedly assaulted in Norwich, an hour before clocks chimed for New Year.

Police said they stopped a driver in Sprowston who was allegedly nearly four times the legal drink drive limit.

Paramedics in Norwich were called out to an elderly man they said had fallen backwards down full flight of stairs. He was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

They also said a man had fallen through a garage roof which may have contained asbestos, and were called to reports that a man had been injured by a firework.

The Lowestoft lifeboat called out to search for a woman in the water.