Busy night for police

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West Yorkshire Police took more than 1,500 calls on New Year’s Eve night - making it one of the busiest in recent times.

The Force had planned a major operation to meet the challenges of the evening with hundreds of staff, including additional call takers, custody staff, PCSOs, Special Constables and patrol officers - led by a senior officer in each of the five districts.

Between midnight and 5 am the force answered 1,505 calls.

Almost 1,100 of these were to the 999 number - an increase of about 50 calls compared to New Year’s Eve in 2012.

Some of these calls related to vulnerable missing people. All of whom were found safe and well.

By 5.30am, there were 180 people in custody across the county. Most were arrested for drunkenness, public disorder and minor injury assaults.

Mark Gilmore, Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, said: “I want to thank all of our officers, staff and volunteers for their dedication - many of whom worked very long shifts - to ensure we were able to cope with the demands.”