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Subdued start to new year in town

IT was a surprisingly subdued start to the New Year in Solihull town centre.

IT was a surprisingly subdued start to the New Year in Solihull town centre.

Once again emergency services were out on the High Street, manning a minor injuries unit.

But only ten people called in on New Year’s Eve - receiving treatment for head injuries and the effects of alcohol.

By comparison, 24 party-goers required treatment on the Friday and Saturday before Christmas. Phil Calow, from West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “It was surprisingly quiet in Solihull town centre, although over the Christmas period, this unit has been a success. We saw more patients than we did a year ago.”

The unit handed out special bags to revellers (mostly women) - designed to keep them safe. Inside were panic alarms, flip flops (for those who’d gone in high heels) and spikers - devices which fitted over bottles to prevent drinks being ‘spiked’.

Similar units across the West Midlands had a busier December 31. In Broad Street, 48 patients called in for treatment, while 18 patients visited the St John Ambulance HQ in Dudley.

l The ambulance service was not called out to any road accidents in the borough over New Year’s Eve.

 

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