Fault causes Suffolk 999 calls failure

THE emergency 999 number was briefly unavailable from landlines in parts of Suffolk on Christmas Eve, it has emerged.

THE emergency 999 number was briefly unavailable from landlines in parts of Suffolk on Christmas Eve, it has emerged.

The East of England Ambulance Service, Suffolk Constabulary and Suffolk Fire and Rescue were notified by BT of technical problems with public landlines in the Bury St Edmunds, Mildenhall, Honington, Horringer and Walsham-le-Willow areas in the afternoon.

However, it is understood engineers quickly resolved the problem, which did not affect emergency calls made from mobile phones.