Hundreds of 999 calls to police on ‘Mad Friday’

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The last Friday before Christmas was, as expected, a busy day for police.

From noon to midnight on ‘Mad Friday’ there were 746 emergency calls on the 999 number and 1,710 calls on the non-emergency 101 number to West Yorkshire Police.

The force said it wanted the public to understand the variety and quantity of calls that officers dealt with on what is tradtionally an extremely busy day for alcohol-related, anti-social and violent crime.

Incidents ranged from acts of violence and reports of criminal damage to a 999 call from someone stating he cannot afford a taxi.

Chief Insp Jaene Booth said: “Unfortunately, while Christmas should be a time for celebrations with friends and family, we know all too well from past experience that some people take these celebrations too far and end the night ill, injured or in a police cell.

“Our hope is by getting an insight others think about their own behaviour,” she said.