Police tweets reveal ‘Mad Friday’ incidents in Bradford

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Police ‘tweetathon’ aims to warn of the dangers of excessive festive celebrations Police ‘tweetathon’ aims to warn of the dangers of excessive festive celebrations

A man was attacked with a pool cue in a mid-afternoon rumpus in Bradford on yesterday’s ‘Mad Friday’.

The incident was revealed by West Yorkshire Police, who kept their followers on Twitter updated with incidents they dealt with on a day synonymous with excessive Christmas celebrations.

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 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 in to the situations that other people get themselves in to this will help others think about their own behaviour.

“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.”

West Yorkshire Police’s Twitter feed – which they updated between midday and midnight – included a number of incidents in Bradford.

Incidents in the city included: a man drunk in the middle of the road near Forster Square at 5.26pm; drug dealing at 4.48pm; and the pool cue attack at 3.31pm.

In nearby Brighouse, at 3.54pm, police said a man was refusing to leave a pub, “falling over and breaking things”.

Police were also called to a fast-food restaurant in Guiseley at 6.15pm, where youths were “drinking outside and causing a nuisance”.

There were also reports of drink-driving and domestic assaults across the region.

Police had received 512 999 calls by 6.30pm yesterday.

The ‘tweetathon’ is part of West Yorkshire Police’s Be Safe This Christmas campaign which is highlighting a number of the issues that the Force tends to see an increase in over the festive period including violent crime, domestic abuse, drink driving and theft.

Late last night, police were called to a report of 20 people fighting and using glasses outside a Bradford pub. They were also called to a report of a man being aggressive towards staff in a Brighouse pub.

A police spokesman said late last night: “It’s obvious alcohol is having a big impact across West Yorkshire now.”

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10:37am Sat 21 Dec 13

Banni2 says...

The best comment to make about "Mad Friday" is no comment, or live and let live.
The best comment to make about "Mad Friday" is no comment, or live and let live. Banni2

12:42pm Sat 21 Dec 13

The Hoffster says...

What a bunch of uglies.
What a bunch of uglies. The Hoffster

2:01pm Sat 21 Dec 13

bobbyo says...

If they cant handle their drink they should stay home, pathetic people going out to get sloshed and cause trouble ! 6 months nick for them ! Some people like to go out and enjoy the socialising and a drink, without the fear of the moronic yobs !
If they cant handle their drink they should stay home, pathetic people going out to get sloshed and cause trouble ! 6 months nick for them ! Some people like to go out and enjoy the socialising and a drink, without the fear of the moronic yobs ! bobbyo

2:40pm Sat 21 Dec 13

ghaz08 says...

why cant we find the real religion of christianity its not on 25 Dec and its not about getting drunk and fighting hurting people all this is capitalism the big company making money on peoples misery putting servise to there limits families ending up in debt families loosing there homes kidz been bought up in broken families we need to wake up and realise we have been brainwashed by the zionist and there masters who created christmas to make money for them and control the nations
why cant we find the real religion of christianity its not on 25 Dec and its not about getting drunk and fighting hurting people all this is capitalism the big company making money on peoples misery putting servise to there limits families ending up in debt families loosing there homes kidz been bought up in broken families we need to wake up and realise we have been brainwashed by the zionist and there masters who created christmas to make money for them and control the nations ghaz08

4:54pm Sat 21 Dec 13

RollandSmoke says...

So you've found a few incidents and related them to mad Friday?. Well played, but I don't think mad Friday had much if anything to do with it. I went out last night and what a total waste of time that was. They have killed the pubs and they're planning yet another price rise to kill some more. The pubs are the closest thing we have to community centers where people can go out and meet friends but only if you can afford the extortionate prices. Keep everyone at home and isolated, that seems to be the plan. What pensioner can afford a minimum of £3 a pint? Please check on your elderly neighbours over this Christmas period. You may well be the only face they see.
So you've found a few incidents and related them to mad Friday?. Well played, but I don't think mad Friday had much if anything to do with it. I went out last night and what a total waste of time that was. They have killed the pubs and they're planning yet another price rise to kill some more. The pubs are the closest thing we have to community centers where people can go out and meet friends but only if you can afford the extortionate prices. Keep everyone at home and isolated, that seems to be the plan. What pensioner can afford a minimum of £3 a pint? Please check on your elderly neighbours over this Christmas period. You may well be the only face they see. RollandSmoke

7:41pm Sat 21 Dec 13

johnhem says...

you got that right rolly, what's so different to a normal day in that little report? a drunk, a dealer and a cue used as a weapon.... tame for Bradford.
you got that right rolly, what's so different to a normal day in that little report? a drunk, a dealer and a cue used as a weapon.... tame for Bradford. johnhem

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