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Essex Police deal with 1,800 incidents in 'busiest 24 hours' of year

Essex Police have had their busiest 24 hours of the year so far. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Essex Police say they've had their busiest 24 hours so far this year.

From 6am yesterday (July 7) to 6am today, 1,860 incidents have been reported to the force.

They say it's led to "really heavy demand" on officers and staff and that it compares to just over 1,500 incidents during the same period last year.

“This increase in demand could be down to a number of factors but has meant officers and staff across the county have been working even harder to keep our communities in Essex safe and I want to thank them for that.

“I would ask the public to help us out too and really think about whether they need to call us before picking up the phone. Is it a police incident or would another agency be more appropriate? Could you report this crime online?

“Of course if you see a crime taking place call us on 101 or if it’s an emergency dial 999.”

– Chief Supt Paul Wells