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Revellers rest up in blow-up tent

A tent like this one A tent like this one was used by ambulance crews in Cardiff
A tent like this one was used by ambulance crews in Cardiff

New Year's Eve revellers in Cardiff were able to sleep off their partying in an inflatable tent staffed by medics in the Millennium Stadium.

The sleepover centre was converted from an emergency chemical decontamination tent to help ensure the safety of drunk partygoers.

Trained medical staff were able to after up to a dozen revellers at a time while they slept off their excesses.

The tent was run alongside a field hospital and walk-in treatment centre.

Ambulance crews and volunteers have been running the field hospital in Cardiff on 31 December for the past four years.

Before the celebrations got under way, a spokesman for the Welsh Ambulance Service said: "We have the tent and the staff to man it.

"People will be treated in the Millennium Stadium then put into the tent to sleep off the alcohol."

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