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Three people taken to hospital after suspected Newcastle nightclub crush

Three people were taken to hospital last night after a suspected nightclub crush in Newcastle.

Emergency services were called to the popular nightspot Digital in the city centre after reports of possible crush injuries as party-goers queued outside.

The incident was not as serious as emergency services first feared. North East Ambulance Service stated that they were not aware of the welfare of the patients but no one is thought to be seriously injured.

We were called at around 10.44pm last night after reports of a number of people with possible crush injuries at Digital.

We sent nine resources, most of which were stood down. At the scene, we only took three patients.

It wasn't what it seemed at the outset and wasn't the emergency it was deemed in the beginning."

– North East Ambulance Service

102-year-old veteran's family incensed that ambulance took four hours to reach him

The family of a 102-year-old war veteran, who had to wait for an ambulance for four hours, have told ITV News Tyne Tees they're angry paramedics didn't get to him sooner.

Harold Beeforth, from Middlesbrough, was forced to spend four hours on the floor while he waited for an ambulance on the 70th anniversary of VJ Day.

The former RAF corporal had fallen and sustained a head injury. His daughters say the whole 999 system needs an overhaul.

I was incensed and I still am angry.

Why should vulnerable people in this day and age in this society be left and why can't people just see that there's something wrong and deal with it?

– Linda Smith, Mr Beeforth's daughter

The North East Ambulance Service has apologised to Mr Beeforth and his family.

Corporal Beeforth in the 1940s Credit: The Beeforth Family


Ambulance service 'creaking at the seams'

Ambulance crews say the service is creaking at the seams after a 30 per cent increase in serious emergency calls.

In any one day they are now receiving two thousand calls across the North East.

Here is Paul Liversidge from the NEAS, who says the problem is not a lack of money, but rather the public calling out ambulances when it is not necessary.

Not such a happy festive season for paramedics

The region's paramedics in action. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The region's paramedics are facing the busiest year they can remember.

Tyne Tees has been following the North East Ambulance Service as they respond to calls between Christmas and New Year.

John Brown, team leader paramedic, says the festive season is not a happy time for everyone.

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