Ambulance staff and volunteers have been thanked for their hard work following a rise in calls over the three day weekend.

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) received 1,185 emergency calls, in Cambridgeshire, during the three day May Day bank holiday - five per cent more than last year.

Sandy Brown, EEAST deputy chief executive, said: "We continue to experience high levels of demand and the bank holiday weekend was another busy one for the Trust. However, we were prepared and coped well, despite the demands being placed on the service.

"This is testament to the hard work and commitment of all our staff and volunteers across the East of England."

Suffolk and Bedfordshire experienced the highest percentage increase in demand at 17% and 16% respectively.

Saturday was the busiest day of the weekend with more than 3,100 calls throughout its operating area.

This comes after a 17% increase in demand during the Easter bank holiday weekend.