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Idea of delaying ambulances has 'some merit', says expert

The Chair of the College of Paramedics has said the idea of delaying ambulances and increasing patient wait times by a few minutes has "some merit" if it means patients get better treatment overall.

Andrew Newton told ITV News that the proposals that were leaked today could be beneficial "if it means that the triage process can actually find out what is wrong with the patient."

ITV News Reporter Lewis Vaughan Jones reports on the leaked proposals to lengthen ambulance waiting times:

Garner family condemns killing of New York police officers

The family of police choke-hold victim Eric Garner has condemned the killing of two New York police officers, saying they are "standing here in sorrow" at their deaths.

Chokehold victim Eric Garner's mother Gwen Carr and widow Esaw Garner denounce the killings of New York police officers Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Gwen Carr, whose son's death at the hands of police officers sparked protests across America, said: "Anyone who's standing with us, we want you to not use Eric Garner's name for violence because we are not about that.

"I'm standing here in sorrow about losing those two police officers."

Garners' widow Esaw added: "My husband was not a violent man. We don't want violence connected to his name."

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Ambulance service say lengthening wait times idea 'safe'

The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (Aace) has said proposals to raise ambulance waiting times by as much as 11 minutes for non-critical patients would still ensure the safety of patients.

A statement released by the Aace said: "We firmly believe that our proposals are safe and deliver benefits both for patients and for staff who have been concerned for some time that we continue to try and reach many patients in eight minutes when it is not clinically required."

Ambulances waiting to be called out to treat patients Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A leaked NHS document revealed today that target times for ambulances to reach patients who were "serious but not the most life-threatening" could double from eight to 19 minutes after May's general election but the Aace stated tonight that there were "only proposals".

Explaining that more cases would be bumped up to the "most serious category" if proposals for lengthening wait times for the "serious but not the most life-threatening" category went through, the Aacce added: "They will not be formally approved until NHS England and the Secretary of State are convinced, as we are, that they are clinically safe and that they offer better care for our patients."

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Police officer killed in Florida shooting named

The police officer shot dead in Florida has been named as Charles Kondek.

Charles Kondek was killed after responding to a call in the early hours of Sunday. Credit: NBC News

The 45-year-old was shot dead "in the line of duty" after responding to a call in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Konek had been a police officer for over 17 years and had previously worked for the New York City Police Department.

Local media reported that Konek was a father-of-five.

An investigation into the incident has been launched, the department added, with more details about the circumstances expected to be released later.

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Man in coma after 'vicious' brick attack in street

A man has suffered life-threatening injuries after being hit over the head with a brick during a row in a Birmingham street.

The man is in an induced coma after being hit by a brick as he walked to the shops. Credit: Google Maps

The victim, 40, is believed to have been walking to his local shops along Stud Lane, Stechford, when he became involved in an altercation with another man at midday on Saturday.

A witness told police how his attacker "picked up a brick before striking him over the head" and leaving him unconscious in the street.

The victim has been placed in an induced coma in hospital while doctors assess his head injury.

Police said it was a "vicious attack on a local family man", describing it as "an outrageous response to a verbal spat in the street".

The suspect is described as a white male in his early 20s with mousy brown hair, and was wearing a light blue padded jacket, jeans and trainers.

Stars tweet congratulations to newly weds Elton John and David Furnish

Stars have been tweeting their congratulations to Sir Elton John and David Furnish today after they officially married at their Windsor estate.

Guest David Walliams described the celebrations as "a magnificent day" and posted a picture of the couple cutting their wedding cake on Twitter.

Graham Norton and Gary Barlow also posted their messages of support to the couple on social media, tweeting "huge congratulations" and "what an incredible day."

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