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999 calls surge as more booze drunk outdoors in sweltering heat

Emergency calls over the June 17-18 weekend outstripped New Year’s Eve levels.

Last weekend’s sweltering temperatures led to a surge in 999 calls – as people spent more time outdoors, drinking more alcohol.

West Midlands Police said demand for its services hit unprecedented highs – with the force taking more emergency calls on both Saturday and Sunday than on New Year’s Eve.

Last New Year’s Eve – traditionally the busiest day for the emergency services – generated 2,727 calls from the public across the West Midlands.

But demand over the June 17-18 weekend outstripped those levels – with 2,840 calls on Sunday alone.

West Midlands Police force contact manager, Chief Inspector Gareth Mason, urged people to use the emergency 999 and non-emergency 101 numbers responsibly – and said people reporting less urgent matters may need to be patient.

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“We often see an increase in demand during hot weather. It’s difficult to identify a single cause,” he said.

“However, more people tend to spend time outside, resulting in more antisocial behaviour reports. Alcohol intakes increase and tempers can fray more easily in the heat.

“At times like this it’s really important that people don’t clog up our phone lines and waste call handlers’ time with trivial matters or questions that could be answered with a quick internet search.

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