Revellers prepare for Mad Friday and pre-Christmas weekend - but police urge you to take care

Mad Friday in Halifax town centre.
Mad Friday in Halifax town centre.

It’s the last weekend before Christmas and revellers are gearing up for the traditional pre-Christmas celebrations.

Whether that’s work nights out or simply meeting up with old friends Halifax town centre will be jam packed this evening.

But you can expect plenty of people in and around town over the weekend.

West Yorkshire Police are urging you to enjoy yourself but take care over the Christmas period.

Officers will also be handing out guidance to warn revellers and Christmas shoppers to keep bags and pockets secure to protect against sneak thieves, and also advise about the risks of becoming involved in violence through drink.

Meanwhile hard hitting publicity will also hit the airwaves to advise potential domestic violence victims of what they can do to stay safer and warn offenders that Police are watching.

Aside from providing help to potential victims, officers will be conducting proactive operations to target known domestic violence offenders and providing specialist domestic violence patrols.

Detective Chief Inspector Mack McManus of West Yorkshire Police, said: “The Christmas season often sees an increased risk of these offences taking place and excess Christmas alcohol consumption is almost always a key factor.

“Sadly time and again we hear of women who have put themselves at risk on nights out through being too drunk, or of men and women who have lost control and committed acts of violence against their partners or others through too much booze.

“Offences such as one punch manslaughter clearly demonstrate how a flash of alcohol fuelled temper can result in life-changing consequences for the victim’s family and the perpetrator left facing years in prison as a result of seeing red.”

He added: “Making residents aware of a need to guard against sneak thieves looking to target Christmas shoppers, or revellers relaxing in bars will also be a focus of the campaign and I would urge residents to spare a minute to look at our website, follow our Be Safe twitter feed or have a chat with an officer on patrol to see what they can do to better protect themselves.

“I can assure resident’s officers will be stepping up their efforts to target and arrest those seeking to cause misery and hope that through our work and a few simple precautions we can all be safer this Christmas.

For more information on the Be Safe campaign see or follow the dedicated twitter hashtag #WYPbesafe