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drones to replace ambulances in new 999 plan

A series of new flying drone devices have been rolled out to hospitals, police and fire fighters in an attempt to speed up response times to emergency 999 calls.

The large machines will be remotely controlled from a headquarters and carry up to three people with their life saving equipment.

Costing around half a million pounds each, it is estimated that each drone will save around 10 minutes when responding to emergencies.

"We believe that this will be a real game changer and save hundreds of people's lives every day" said a Government spokesperson.