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Busy New Year’s Eve for emergency services in North Wales

POLICE and paramedics reported a busy New Year’s Eve across the region.

But a spokesman for North Wales Police said it had not been as busy as the previous year.

Between 10pm on December 31 and 6am on New Year’s Day a total of 419 emergency calls were received by the police, together with a significant number of non-emergency calls.

This compares to the 468 emergency 999 calls the force received during the same period in 2009/10.

Seventy-two people were arrested overnight across the North Wales, with most arrests for public order offences and minor assaults.

Assistant Chief Constable Gareth Pritchard said: “As with all emergency services, New Year’s Eve is traditionally one of the busiest times for us – and this year was no exception.

“We were prepared and had plans in place to deal with the increased demand upon us.

“Additional officers were out on patrol in areas right across the force to deal with the varied incidents that were reported to us.

“We sought to provide reassurance to allow people who were out celebrating to do so in a safe environment.”

The Welsh Ambulance Service received 223 calls from across North Wales between 8pm on December 31 and 8am on January 1, just one call less than the same period 12 months ago.

Ambulance crews attended 67 life-threatening calls within the same period.