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OAP, 105, receives apology after 2-hour ambulance wait

A 105-year-old woman who suffered a fall and had to wait two and a half hours for the emergency services has received an apology from ambulance bosses.

Ambulance bosses have apologised to 105-year-old Marion Beaton. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Marion Beaton, who lives alone, was found at around 8am by her carer on Friday in the hallway of her flat, where she had fallen during the night.

Eight crews were assigned to the pensioner's home in Hebburn, South Tyneside, but were diverted to more serious emergencies.

Ms Beaton was conscious but hurt her arm when the carer called the ambulance, which arrived at 10.32am - over two and a half hours later.

The North East Ambulance Service apologised and said that wait for such an elderly patient was "unacceptable".


IPCC to investigate Tyneside man's death in custody

The death of a man in custody who had been arrested for being drunk and disorderly is being investigated by the police watchdog.

The 34-year-old man was arrested by Northumbria Police and taken to a police station in South Tyneside last night.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said he was booked into custody at 8.25pm last night and was subject to 15 minutes of checks, but was found in his cell not breathing shortly after 10pm.

Paramedics were not able to resuscitate him and pronounced him dead at 11:44pm.

IPCC commissioner Nicholas Long said: "Any death in custody is a very serious matter and we will independently investigate to establish exactly what has happened in this case."