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  • Police in Yorkshire will be sharing details of incidents they are called to today to help people understand the variety and number of call-outs they receive on 'Mad Friday'.
  • The Friday before Christmas is traditionally one of the busiest days of the year for emergency services, with a spike in alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and violent crime.
  • Chief Inspector Jaene Booth, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "Our hope is by getting an insight into the situations that other people get themselves in to, this will help others think about their own behaviour."
  • To read the messages on Twitter, follow the hashtags #WYtweetmas and #NYtweetmas. We'll be compiling the locally-relevant ones here, and bringing in other news and reports of "Mad Friday", plus your comments on Twitter and other social networks, and via the comments section below.

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Click on this link to be taken directly to West Yorkshire Police's Twitter feed this evening: Tweets by @WestYorksPolice

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Some transport advice for tonight:

 

 

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The nerve centre...
 

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Dusk is falling and so are the over-indulging...
 

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West Yorkshire Police in a poetic mood...
 

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Sounds like a nasty incident in Bradford
 

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Don't end up in a jail cell tonight, folks:
 

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North Yorkshire Police has tweeted out this video on how you can be a "hero" on Mad Friday by looking after your mates, behaving responsibly, and being a nominated driver:

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Support from the public:
 

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Just to show that the West Yorkshire Police #wytweetmas isn't all about party-pooping...
 

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Chief Inspector Jaene Booth of West Yorkshire Police adds: "We want people to be able to enjoy the festive season safely and I would remind people again to plan their nights out, stick together, make prior arrangements for safe transport home and not to make themselves vulnerable through binge-drinking."

11:33am

Why is it called Mad Friday? Let the police dog handlers tell you:
 

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The police presence isn't limited to city centres in our area, of course:
 

11:22am

Revellers heading out for the so-called Mad Friday today are being reminded to stay sexually safe and not be led astray by the effect of drink.

Excessive celebrations on the last Friday before Christmas could leave people with more than a hangover, said Dr Sophie Brady, clinical lead for Bradford and Airedale Sexual Health Services.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Sophie Brady

She said: “Having a good time is OK but normal behaviour, fixed-ways of looking after yourself and common sense goes out of the window when too much alcohol's involved and beer-goggles come into play.

“Beer-goggles is a term for someone under the influence of drink believing a person is is far more sexually attractive than they really are,” said Dr Brady. The best way to steer clear of picking up a sexually transmitted infection or getting pregnant on a night out is to avoid having sex at all but if you do, make sure you use a condom.”

Sexual health clinics, including the service’s hub at the Trinity Centre, in Trinity Road , will be staying open over Christmas and the New Year.

Although some testing for STIs such as chlamydia, need to be two weeks after contact there are some incidents when help needs to be sought straight away and can save lives. Men who have had unsafe sex with men can be tested and treated the next day – other people under special circumstances such as people who have had unprotected sex with an HIV-infected person or possibly someone from a foreign country where the infection is rife can also get quick access to that treatment.

Emergency contraception is also offered from the clinics, said Dr Brady.

Last year Bradford ranked 230 out of 326 in a list of local authorities with highest STI diagosis and 60 per cent of those were aged 15 to 24.

But older age is not a barrier to getting an STI infection, Dr Brady said: “We are diagnosing people in clinic in their 60s with HIV or other infections.

“Internet dating isn’t helping – now people are meeting others who they know nothing much about and no other links likework or living nearby, more relationships are breaking down and people are starting over again.

“It’s a good thing to have sex but it must be safe.”

Anyone needing to make an appointment should ring (01274) 200024 to get help.

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An the ambulance service is hoping everyone stays safe today:
 

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The mounted division is already gearing up for the day...
 

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Here's West Yorkshire Police setting out their stall for what's happening today on Twitter... log in here for updates as they happen:
 
 
 

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Police in Yorkshire will be sharing details of incidents they are called to today to help people understand the variety and number of call-outs they receive on 'Mad Friday'.

The Friday before Christmas is traditionally one of the busiest days of the year for emergency serv-ices, with a spike in alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and violent crime.

Chief Inspector Jaene Booth, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "Our hope is by getting an insight into the situations that other people get themselves in to, this will help others think about their own behaviour."

To read the messages on Twitter, follow the hashtags #WYtweetmas and #NYtweetmas. We'll be compiling the locally-relevant ones here, and bringing in other news and reports of "Mad Friday", plus your comments on Twitter and other social networks, and via the comments section below.

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