A ‘COLOSSAL’ number of calls to North Yorkshire Police last weekend matched high figures received over the traditionally busiest time , New Year’s Eve.

Between 7am on Saturday, and 7am on Sunday, the police control room answered 487 emergency 999 calls - around 200 more than normal and one of the highest the force has ever seen.

In addition, calls to the non emergency, 101 number reached 729, compared to the between 500 and 650 usually received in a day, and putting huge pressure on resources.

Chief Inspector Charlotte Bloxham, head of the force control room, said: “The summer is always a busy time for us however with the recent high temperatures and events such as local race meetings, concerts and the World Cup, we have seen increasingly high demand placed upon the force. This picture is replicated for forces up and down the country.”

She added: “We want to see our communities embracing the glorious weather and enjoying the events taking place across the county in the next few weeks, however we must ask that people enjoy themselves responsibly.

“Most revellers in towns and cities enjoy a few drinks in the sun, including football fans who have relished the on going success of England during this World Cup tournament, and return home without any issues.

“There are a small few, however, that ruin it for many by becoming aggressive or violent after too much to drink. We want to convey a clear message that we will continue to work around the clock to keep people safe and those who cause alarm or harm to others will be removed from the streets.”