An 'incredibly busy' New Year period for county police
THE number of 999 calls made within the first nine hours of New Year's Day was almost the total made in an average full day.
Police described the celebrations as being an "incredibly busy night" with emergency calls made by the hundreds throughout the early hours.
A force spokeswoman said that, in the 24 hours of New Year's Eve, police control room staff dealt with 750 incidents.
But from midnight to 9am on New Year's Day, they had to handle 679 calls.
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The spokeswoman said: "I would say 750 calls in a full day is about average, really.
"But to get nearly that number in nine hours is huge. It was an incredibly busy night.
"Most of the calls were to do to drunken behaviour or domestic incidents.
"And the majority of them were 999 calls. It is difficult to say if it was busier than last year but it was a very busy night."
In Staffordshire, ambulance crews dealt with more than 350 New Year's Eve call-outs.