Ambulance Service advises Londoners not to get drunk on NYE

As London Ambulance Service gears up for its busiest night since records began, the organisation is reminding party goers that getting drunk is not a game and to only call for an ambulance in a genuine emergency.

In the run up to New Year’s Eve, traditionally the Service’s busiest night of the year for serious emergencies, it is urging Londoners to think about the consequences of drinking too much.

Deputy Director of Operations at LAS, Kevin Bate said: “At 2am on New Year’s Day 2016, 43 per cent of the incidents the Service attended were alcohol-related. Every ambulance crew responding to someone who has simply had too much to drink, is an ambulance crew not responding to an ill or injured person who needs them.

“As well as our call takers answering hundreds more emergency calls than usual, we will have hundreds of ambulance crews on London’s streets responding to patients who need our help.”

Recent threat of terror attack will mean armed police will also be out in force on New Years Eve across London.

Sky News reported that Metropolitan Police had confirmed that security plans for the Mayor’s firework display and surrounding New Year’s Eve celebrations have been ‘adjusted’ in the last few days.

It has happened because concerns about a possible mass-casualty terror plot targeting the event have intensified following events in Berlin and Nice.

The main fireworks event in the capital is again a ticketed event this year and has sold out. But there are numerous events across the capital.

Dave Hawkins