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New year booze bus to the rescue

PUBLISHED: 10:59 06 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:46 07 September 2010

Camden Town played host to a night of violence and excess on New Year s Eve, as revellers tottered their way into 2009. As Camden s new booze bus sped to the rescue of well-oiled partygoers, Gilgamesh in Stables Market saw scenes of gory violence as a 2

Camden Town played host to a night of violence and excess on New Year's Eve, as revellers tottered their way into 2009.

As Camden's new 'booze bus' sped to the rescue of well-oiled partygoers, Gilgamesh in Stables Market saw scenes of gory violence as a 20-year old was bottled, leaving him with blood streaming onto his face and shirt.

The Camden Town 'booze bus' came to the aid of 13 patients, 10 of whom had been taken unwell or injured as a result of drinking, of which two needed further hospital treatment.

Around 5am on January 1, a car crash on Camden Road also left a 25-year-old man in critical condition in the Royal London Hospital.

'Booze bus' operatives worked around the clock until 7am, and in further cases treated two women in their 20s taken ill through drinking and one man in his 20s with a head wound.

Ambulance operations manager Kevin Brown said: "The majority of calls were alcohol-related, which we always anticipate on New Year's Eve. A lot of the people we treated did not need a trip to hospital and could have made their own way home with help from friends.


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