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Busy start to new year for North Wales Police

NORTH Wales Police dealt with nearly 1,000 calls in just 14 hours over the new year.

Between 5pm on December 31 and 7am on New Year’s Day the force’s control room handled 457 emergency calls as well as 527 non-emergency calls.

The figure is about three times the usual number of 999 calls received on a normal weekend night.

Chief inspector Jeff Moses said: “We coped well with this demand, having laid on additional staff and supervisors.

“Chief Inspector Mark Owen oversaw the control room operation during the night. He ensured that the availability of call handlers was maximised to provide an appropriate police response and keeping the public as safe as possible.

“During the evening officers dealt with a wide variety of incidents including a number of serious road traffic collisions and public order incidents, most of which were not serious.”

Between 6pm on December 31 and 9am on New Year’s Day 85 people were detained in custody across the area.

Most were arrested for public order and assault offences.