World Cup puts pressure on ambulance crews

AMBULANCE crews are urging football fans to be sensible throughout the World Cup after 999 calls rose sharply during England's match against America.

There is another England match tomorrow and the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust is bracing itself for a a hectic round of drink related call-outs.

In the hours surrounding England's first game against the USA last Saturday the trust received 854 emergency calls compared to 772 for the same period during the previous weekend.

SECAmb's Senior Operations Manager James Pavey said: "We obviously want people to have a good time but also to be sensible. We don't want to be killjoys but we need supporters to be careful and not cause unnecessary problems for us."