SEPERATE incidents meant two air ambulances landed in the district within three miles and five minutes of each other.

On Saturday, August 5, at 2.20pm the East Anglian Air Ambulance was called to Marlborough Road, Braintree, where a child was suffering from breathing difficulties.

The East of England Ambulance Service Trust confirmed they also sent three response cars, an ambulance crew and an ambulance officer to the scene.

The child was driven to Broomfield Hospital for further care.

Just two minutes later, at 2.22pm the same day, another air ambulance was sent to treat a woman in her 70s who had collapsed in Tye Green, Cressing.

The ambulance service send two rapid response vehicles, an ambulance crew, ambulance officer, fire service co-responders and the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance to the scene.

Upon arrival they found the woman was in cardiac arrest -she was taken to Broomfield Hospital in a critical condition.