A WOMAN was clipped by a police car answering a 999 call as it drove through Stratford-upon-Avon early on New Year’s Day.
The woman, who was crossing Greenhill Street at the traffic lights by the Old Thatch Tavern at around 1am, was struck by the car as it turned the corner from Rother Street on blue flashing lights.
It screeched to a halt, slightly bumping the woman, who appeared to walk away from the collision uninjured, but in shock.
The police did not get out of the car and, as it set off down Greenhill Street towards the emergency, members of the public who had seen the near miss made sure the woman was OK.
Sirens were heard throughout Stratford on New Year’s Eve as as emergency services dealt with an increasingly large number of calls.
West Midlands Ambulance Service had on average, five 999 calls every 60 seconds.
During the last four hours of the year, operators received 638 calls, which was a 15 per cent increase compare to the same four hours last year.
Then, after midnight, the amount of 999 calls doubled, a large proportion of them being for alcohol-related incidents including fights, assaults, and overdoses.
Chief executive Anthony Marsh said: “It comes as no surprise to us that New Year’s Eve has been the busiest night of the year for the ambulance service. It is a year in the planning for which as many staff as possible work through the night to ensure patient’s get help when they need it the most.”
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