'999' turns 75

Archive advert for emergency services Credit: BT

Emergency call service 999 is turning 75. Blackburn has the oldest of BT's current centres, it's been going for 50 years handling more than 7mi calls a year and employs more than 140 people.

Burnley, Liverpool, Macclesfield, Manchester and Rochdale were among the first areas outside London to introduce the 999 service.

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'999' turns 75

Emergency call service 999 is turning seventy five. Blackburn has the oldest of BT's current centres, it's been going for 50 years handling more than seven million calls a year.