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West Midlands Ambulance Service has big callout rise

About 6,500 emergency calls were made to West Midlands Ambulance Service at the weekend, making it one of the busiest of the year.

On Sunday it received more than 3,300 calls, compared with an average of 2,500 to 3,000 a day.

At peak times, the ambulance service said the number of 999 calls was double what it would expect.

Many of the calls were alcohol-related and assistant chief ambulance officer Steve Wheaton said there was "absolutely no doubt that people went out partying on Friday and Saturday night".

  • 22 Dec 2014