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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.

North East in festive street names list

The North East has been praised in a poll of the best 'Christmas themed streets!' The survey, by Royal Mail, said the region scored highly in a national study, citing names like Holly street, Angel street, Bell street and Garland street as good examples.

The North East has its fair share of festive street names. Credit: ITV News


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Whitby and Scarborough mark 100 years since WW1 bombardments

Scarborough became the site of the first attack of the First World War on British soil on 16 December 1914 Credit: Topography/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images

Tributes will be paid this morning to those killed on the North Yorkshire coastline in the First World War bombardments exactly 100 years ago.

Hundreds of shells rained down on Scarborough before German warships attacked Whitby in 1914. 20 people were killed and hundreds more injured.

Lindy Rowley is from the Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre.

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