Police in Wakefield on stand by for ‘Mad Friday’

Westgate on a Saturday night
Westgate on a Saturday night
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POLICE are on standby to tackle the expected increase in drink-fuelled violence in the city on ‘Mad Friday ‘.

Specialist units have also been drafted in to respond to the annual increase in domestic violence calls.

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Each year the police receive 20 per cent more emergency calls than usual on the last Friday before Christmas as people hit the pubs, bars and clubs early.

And as part of the Force’s Be Safe This Christmas campaign officers and volunteers will be advising revellers on safety and handing out anti-drink spiking devices.

Det Chief Insp Mark McManus said: “We are also all aware of how drunken brawls can quickly turn far more serious with potentially life changing consequences for both the victim and the aggressor as well so if you are in a situation where you think there may be trouble then don’t get involved and leave.”

“If you are going out a few simple precautions such as booking a taxi home in advance, keeping an eye on your drink and watching how much alcohol you consume can all help ensure you have a safer evening while making the most of the party season.”

For more safety advice log on to www.westyorkshire.police.uk