The East of England Ambulance Service says it's had one of its busiest weekends of the year responding to emergency calls.
The service has taken 6734 calls since Friday - up 4.5% on the same time last year.
The figures coincide with many people heading out to celebrate the last weekend before Christmas.
The festive season is always a busy time of the year for the emergency services in our region.
The Friday and weekend before Christmas Day being a peak time for 999 calls. Liz Summers has been to Chelmsford Emergency Operation Centre to find out more.
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Police are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery at a bookmaker in Chelmsford.
A man walked into William Hill in Broomfield Road and threatened the cashier with a knife, while another man waited outside.
They took a three figure sum of cash and made off towards Chelmsford town centre.
It happened at around 10.50pm on 19 November.
The man who entered the shop was wearing a purple cap, a grey hooded top and black gloves and trousers.
The jury of three women and eight men has retired in the inquest of the death of Eystna Louise Blunnie.
Her Majesty's Coroner Eleanor McGann asked the jury in Chelmsford to reach a verdict, to which they are all agreed.
Eystna was pregnant when she was beaten to death by her boyfriend Tony McLernon in 2012.
He was sentenced for murder and the destruction of an unborn child, and told he must serve at least 27 years in prison.
A teenage boy has become the fifth person to be arrested in connection with the investigation into the murder of a man in Chelmsford.
Ladimeji Benson, 27, died following an altercation in Baddow Road on Tuesday 10 November, where he is thought to have been stabbed.
A 16-year-old boy from Chelmsford was arrested in the early hours of this morning on suspicion of assault and affray. He has been taken to Chelmsford Police station for questioning.
It follows the arrest of a 20-year-old man on suspicion of murder on Wednesday, who remains in police custody.
Three other men also been arrested in connection with the ongoing police investigation. They remain on bail.
Officers investigating the murder of Ladimeji Benson in Chelmsford on Tuesday November 10 have made a further arrest.
Mr Benson, 27, who was from Chelmsford and had been living in Colchester, is thought to have been stabbed during an altercation in Baddow Road. He was taken to Broomfield Hospital, where he died from his injuries.
A 20-year-old man from Chelmsford was arrested last night (Wednesday 18 November) in London on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody awaiting questioning.
Two men from Chelmsford aged 22 and 25 and a 20-year-old man of no fixed abode who were arrested in connection with the ongoing police investigation remain on police bail pending further enquiries.
Detectives investigating the murder of a man in Chelmsford are asking for the public's help to find a Yellow JD sports bag, similar to the one pictured. They think it was worn by one of the people involved in the altercation thought to have led to the man's death.
Ladimeji Benson, 27, who was from Chelmsford and had been living in Colchester, is thought to have been stabbed during an altercation in Baddow Road.
He was taken to Broomfield Hospital, where he died from his injuries.
Detectives are also asking for the public's help to find the murder weapon, which is still missing.
We are also yet to find the murder weapon and believe it may have been thrown away. I am asking residents in the areas of Baddow Road, Chelmsford town centre and the areas surrounding Moulsham Street to check their bins and gardens for knives that have been discarded.
"If residents find a weapon or the bag, they are asked to please contact us immediately.
"I am also keen to hear from anyone who saw someone in the Baddow Road area at around 6.45pm on Tuesday, November 10 who had a bag matching this description to get in touch.”
A 20-year-old man of no fixed address, who was arrested on suspicion of murder, has been released on conditional bail until March 9, 2016 pending further enquiries.
Two other men from Chelmsford aged 22 and 25 who were arrested in connection with the ongoing police investigation have been bailed to January 6, pending further enquiries.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a 20-year-old man was taken to hospital with head injuries after being assaulted outside a pub in Chelmsford.
The man, aged 20, assaulted during an altercation involving a number of people at around 3.10am on Sunday 8 November.
It happened outside the Slug and Lettuce in Empire Walk.