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Revellers urged to ‘stay safe’ ahead of New Year celebrations

PUBLISHED: 14:53 28 December 2017

Celebrate the New Year sensibly is the warning from the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/iSTOCKPHOTO

Celebrate the New Year sensibly is the warning from the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/iSTOCKPHOTO

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New Year revellers in Colchester and Tendring are being urged to drink responsibly and stay safe ahead of seeing in 2018.

The North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group has issued the warning to everyone ahead of their celebrations, whether that involves going out or staying in.

Dr Prashant Arora, a GP in Clacton, said: “If you’re celebrating the new year, out and about drinking with friends, or staying at home drinking, then please know your alcohol limits and stay safe.

“Our colleagues in A&E have to deal with many people’s binge-drinking, hangover symptoms and sprains from alcohol-related falls. Please remember to drink sensibly, stay safe and don’t stretch our already hard-pressed A&E staff to the limit.”

Adam Pipe, casualty reduction manager at Essex Police, has also warned people not to drink or drug-drive during New Year festivities.

He said: “We are still seeing a high number of people drink-driving, which is unacceptable. However, what is even more concerning is the number of people we are seeing drug-driving.

“More than 1,200 people have been arrested on suspicion of drug driving in Essex since the start of last year. What we’ve also seen is a correlation between drug-driving offences and other areas of criminal behaviour. This indicates that those breaking one area of the law are also involved in other types of crimes.”

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Three residents at an Essex care home suffered smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in a bedroom causing extensive damage to the building.

Firefighters have been called to a blaze in a residential street in Ipswich.

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The University of Essex is among more than 60 institutions set for strike action next month over pensions – however staff at the University of Suffolk are not expected to take part.

The care received by patients was assessed by an independent panel

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