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Posted on Wednesday 28 December 2022

Christmas Day 2022: 339 incidents, 339 people who needed our help.

Our first call came in just 11 minutes into the day; a catalytic converter stolen from a car parked on a Chester-le-Street industrial estate.

By the time the little ones were waking to open their Xmas presents at 6am, we had dealt with 62 incidents including a fight outside a Chester-le-Street pub.

And as people sat down to watch the King’s Speech after dinner, we were dealing with reports of an altercation in the street in Seaham, our 173rd call of the day. Thankfully, it turned out to be a false alarm.

Sadly we attended eight sudden deaths, we sorted out a parking dispute in Darlington, dealt with at least three road collisions and looked for two escaped horses in the south of the county.

We received more than six missing person reports and located all of them safe and well – one man from Newton Aycliffe hadn’t even realised he had been reported missing before he was found.

And with 50 seconds to go before Christmas Day was over, we received a call from a heavily intoxicated woman who reported paint had been thrown at her house, she later changed her mind and said she didn’t want to report the incident.

We don’t stop for Christmas, we’re here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Less than one third of the incidents we deal with are reports of crime.

If you would like to report a non-urgent incident or crime, click here to access our 101 live chat system ��

In an emergency, always dial 999.

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