Paramedics faced Christmas calls surge

MARK NICHOLLS Ambulance crews had a busy Christmas across the region, seeing a significant rise in life-threatening emergencies.Across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire on Christmas Day, was there were 620 emergency responses up 7pc on last year.

MARK NICHOLLS

Ambulance crews had a busy Christmas across the region, seeing a significant rise in life-threatening emergencies.

Across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire on Christmas Day, was there were 620 emergency responses up 7pc on last year.

Christmas Eve proved to be a very busy for the non emergency patient transport service, by clearing discharges from hospitals, enabling people to be at home with family for Christmas, say the East of England Ambulance Trust.

Norfolk police reported a relatively quiet Christmas period with the only major incident being an armed robbery at Bressingham.

Figures for the seasonal crackdown on drink-driving are not yet available, but police were not overly troubled by rowdy revellers and were not called to assist with the huge turnout at the county's Boxing Day hunts.

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Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said there was little in terms of exceptional incidents over the Christmas period and described the majority of calls as “routine.”