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4234144460 3c7c0a91b6 o North Wales Police Handle 1000 Calls Over New Year

North Wales Police dealt with nearly 1000 calls in a 14 hour period between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Between 5pm on December 31 to 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 compared to a normal weekend night.

Between 6.00pm on December 31 and 9.00am on New Year’s Day 85 people were detained in custody across the force area. Most were arrested for public order and assault offences.

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.”

The custody department used a dedicated capacity control plan to match resources with anticipated demand, which ensure the smooth running