Emergency services lose radio contact

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POLICE in Scarborough lost contact with their central control room in York after a radio communications outage affected emergency services across the north east of England.

Back-up systems at six contingency hubs for radio communications, including one at Scarborough Police Station, quickly came into force.

The outage, which began at 9:20am on Saturday, lasted for around 25 minutes before engineers resolved the issue. Officers on patrol were still able to communicate with each other.

Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick told the Evening News: “I am satisfied that our contingency plans were successful in covering the temporary loss of radio communications.

“We are constantly testing these emergency arrangements and it is very pleasing and reassuring when they do their job in a very real and potentially critical situation.

“While there will have been a small blip to the level of service we provide to the people of North Yorkshire and the City of York, to which I apologise for, the important thing is that there was no serious disruption to our ability to protect our communities.”