The North West Ambulance Service said in a statement: “We are trying to reach patients as soon as we possibly can.”

The ambulance service said it was ‘exceptionally busy’ and has told people to expect delays.

NWAS Tweeted tonight: “We are exceptionally busy this evening.

“Unfortunately there will be delays and we urge you not to call back to ask how long we will be.

“Please only ring 999 for life threatening emergencies.”

NWAS Unison added: “Major Incident Declared by NWAS. We have agreed to suspend the Meal Break Policy in line with the agreement that we have with the Trust between 5pm and 7pm. If you have any problems please speak to EOC.”

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