Mad Friday drinkers were in good spirits, police report

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Police in West Yorkshire have praised revellers for kick starting the Christmas holiday week ‘in the right spirit’ following a largely peaceful Friday evening.

Senior officers said Mad Friday - Friday December 19, had largely passed off without incident with call volumes no higher than usual for a weekend and with many revellers appearing to get into the festive spirit and enjoy themselves safely.

Extra numbers of police officers and PCSOs were on patrol across the force area last night with support from Special Constables and partner agencies, to ensure a strong and visible police presence in city and town centres.

Chief Superintendent Angela Williams, District Commander of Calderdale Police, said: “I was on foot patrol in Halifax town centre with colleagues until the early hours and what we found was that while the town was far busier than on a normal Friday night, people were generally well behaved, in good spirits and enjoying the festivities.

“There were long queues outside clubs as you would expect, but we found queuing was orderly and our local door staff were very professional at managing the situation.

“I would also like to pass on my thanks to our local taxi drivers for the quick and efficient way in which they were dealt with waiting fares and our Street Angels who assisted those who were a bit worse for wear and helped keep them safe.

“We policed according to plans developed to make sure we had appropriate result on the night and are looking forward to running similar operations throughout the remainder of the festive season.”