999 calls are up but so are silly reasons

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THE ambulance service in charge of the borough is reporting more emergency calls in the run up to Christmas, but says many of these are inappropriate.

Over the weekend the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust dealt with 5,205 emergency calls, almost 300 more than the previous weekend.

With this increase the service saw an increase in the number of people making calls for silly reasons.

These included a caller who wanted a crew to carry their drunk friend to bed, the parent of a child who was having a tantrum, and someone who wanted a urine sample dropped off at hospital.

Another caller was reported to have phoned 999 after their relationship ended, and several callers rang with sore throats.