Stay safe whilst having festive fun on “Mad Friday”

Police officers on patrol in Halifax town centre.
Police officers on patrol in Halifax town centre.

Statistics have revealed that admissions to Calderdale Royal Hospital’s A&E department on Mad Friday have risen in the past three years

Last year, scores of people were admitted to casualty on the infamous night.

Police have said they are stepping up patrols to make sure that crime and disorder is kept to a minimum.

Superintendent Owen West, Operations Lead for Calderdale District, said:

“The last Friday before Christmas can traditionally be very busy for the police, but we have planned accordingly and have additional officers in place to keep people safe and deal with any incidents that do occur.

“While we want people to enjoy themselves in Halifax, we want them to do it safely and without putting themselves or others at risk.

“We will be working closely with licensees, door staff and our local authority partners to keep people safe.

“We know from experience that much of the increase in calls we receive will be to incidents where alcohol is a factor. We would urge people to pace themselves and drink sensibly to avoid leaving themselves vulnerable, or at risk of getting into trouble.

“We’d also encourage people to plan their journey home in advance and stay together with their friends. Only take licensed taxis and make sure you have enough money to get home.

“Keep your phone charged and in credit. If possible make sure that somebody knows where you are going and what time you will be back. It is also wise to look after your valuables.

“As reflected by its Purple Flag award, Halifax is recognised as a safe place to enjoy a night out and we want people to have a great time.

“The last thing anyone wants is to have their Christmas break ruined by something that could have been easily avoided.”

This year, an additional fourteen police officers, eight PCSO’s (Police Community Support Officers) and ten special constables have been recruited to patrol the town centre over the Christmas period to deter criminals.