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North West Ambulance Service staff assaulted during busy night

Three members of staff were assaulted as the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) dealt with a call every seven seconds early on New Year's Day.

Paramedics were called to more than 2,000 incidents across the region between midnight and 06:00 GMT, the service said.

Shahid Ali from the NWAS said alcohol and fireworks were a common factor.

Mr Ali said staff dealt with about 30% more calls than they expected on the "busy night".

"In Skelmersdale we had a fight between 15 to 20 people and we had a male stabbed in the face in St Helens," he said.

Mr Ali also said a man was attacked with a meat cleaver in Preston.

During New Year celebrations at the start of 2013, the NWAS dealt with 2,353 calls between 18:00 and 06:00 GMT.

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