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Actor joins campaign against ambulance cuts

Roger Lloyd Pack Photo: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment/PA

Actor Roger Lloyd Pack is backing a campaign against ambulance cuts in North Norfolk after he was told he'd have to wait hours for treatment after falling ill.

The actor, best known as the hapless Trigger in Only Fools and horses, was recently taken seriously ill with a mystery infection while at his house in North Norfolk.

He was told it would take four hours for an ambulance to reach him before his wife drove him to hospital. Now he's joined the campaign against cuts to the county's ambulance service.

The East of England Ambulance Service has said the changes will mean that in Cromer one of its two full-time ambulances will become part-time and North Walsham will get a rapid response vehicle instead of an ambulance.

The move has caused a storm of protest. Around three thousand people have so far signed a petition asking the Service to think again...with many people claiming the changes will put lives ar risk.

Local MP Norman Lamb says his constituents deserve a better - not poorer - ambulance service.

Today there have also been reports that complaints aganst the service across the region have risen by 50% in 2 years.

The Ambulance Service told ITV Anglia: 'The total of 686 complaints last year represented less than 0.2% of our total activity and compares to nearly three times the number of compliments at 1,902 along with thank you donations totalling more than £130,000.'

Meanwhile those campaigning against the cuts, including Roger, say they'll keep up the fight..