Wakefield police officers to tweet during ‘Mad Friday’


Wakefield police officers will tweet incidents they are called to during Mad Friday.

The last Friday before Christmas is one of the busiest of the year of police as people leave work early to hit the city’s bars, pubs and clubs.

And it often results in above average rates of alcohol fuelled violent crime and anti social behaviour.

This year officers will be using the hashtag #WYtweetmas to tweet about the incidents they will deal with between noon and midnight.

Chief Insp Jane 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.

“We will be tweeting crime prevention advice and a snapshot of the calls we receive from midday through the afternoon as people start leaving work and into the evening as the drink really starts to take its toll. I think the public will be surprised by the number and variety of calls we receive. 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.”