'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.

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Emergency call centre staff celebrate milestone

Operators at a 9-9-9 centre in Blackburn have helped celebrate the service's 75th birthday today.

They work in BT's oldest current emergency call centre.

Burnley, Livepool, Macclesfield, Manchester and Rochdale, were among the first areas outside London to use the treble nine number.

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