New Year troublemakers pack cells at Bradford police stations

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Police in Bradford received double the normal number of calls over New Year's Eve Police in Bradford received double the normal number of calls over New Year's Eve

Police cells in Bradford were full early today as officers dealt with double the usual number of calls during the New Year celebrations.

The Bradford South division received 286 calls in the 24-hour period from 7am yesterday to 7am today.

The busiest period was the eight hours between 10pm and 6am, as the police dealt with 49 emergencies, 24 priority incidents and a further 65 standard incidents.

Inspector Deborah Garnett said: “It was a very busy night.”

She said many of the calls would have been about domestic incidents or breaches of the peace.

And she said at one point all the cells in both Bradford and Calderdale had been full.

Across the force West Yorkshire Police received more than 1,500 calls during the New Year celebrations, making it one of the busiest in recent times.

Hundreds of staff were on duty, including additional call takers, custody staff, PCSOs, Special Constables and patrol officers - led by a senior officer in each of the five districts.

Between midnight and 5am the force answered 1,505 calls. Almost 1,100 of these were to the 999 number - an increase of about 50 calls compared to New Year’s Eve in 2012.

Some of these calls related to vulnerable missing people. All of whom were found safe and well.

By 5.30am today there were 180 people in custody across the county. Most were arrested for drunkenness, public disorder and minor injury assaults.

West Yorkshire Chief Constable Mark Gilmore said: "I want to thank all of our officers, staff and volunteers for their dedication last night - many of whom worked very long shifts - to ensure we were able to cope with the demands.

“Often faced with intimidating and unpleasant situations, their selfless and positive actions ensured that the vast majority of the public were able to enjoy the New Year's celebrations safely."

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