South Yorkshire Police issue Mad Friday advice to revellers
A police chief in South Yorkshire has issued advice to revellers ahead of Mad Friday nights out this Christmas.
As so-called ‘Mad Friday’ approaches – one of the busiest days of the year for police forces across the country as people go for pre-Christmas nights out – advice has been issued to keep South Yorkshire revellers safe.
Last year staff in South Yorkshire Police’s control room at Atlas Court took 1,493 calls on the 101 number and 810 calls via 999, all before midnight.
Out on the streets, officers attended over 400 incidents across South Yorkshire and the force is gearing up to be just as busy this year.
Superintendent Paul McCurry said: “Mad Friday sees people leave their offices, finish their working day and head to the pubs and clubs to start the first of their Christmas celebrations.
“We want people to have an enjoyable evening and have memories for all the right reasons.
“We are urging you to take responsibility for your actions, if you are enjoying a drink or two, take responsibility for the amount of alcohol you consume - we don’t want to see you ruin your night by ending up in hospital or even worse one of our cells. You could end up in court for Christmas and this could have serious consequences for the future.
“You will see an increase in our officers on patrol from midday, they are a friendly bunch, please stop and say hello and ensure they only meet you for all the right reasons.
“We wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas.”
He added: “Please consider and follow our top tips for staying safe.
“Pace yourself and alternate alcoholic drinks with soft ones.“Stay with friends and look out for each other, especially if you need to withdraw cash from an ATM, visit a take-away in the early hours or hail a taxi.
“Trust your instincts and step away from a situation if you feel threatened.
“Don’t get so drunk that you are vulnerable and become a target for criminals.
“Before going out, plan how you are getting home.“If one of your group needs to drive, designate a driver before you start drinking and make sure they stick to soft beverages.
“Leave sufficient time for alcohol to exit your system before driving, particularly the morning after a night out.”
Supt McCurry added: “With people consuming alcohol, we see an increase in public order offences and arrests. Violence will not be tolerated and those who commit violent offence will be held responsible, don’t let it be you.”