Police gear up for ‘Mad Friday’ in Hucknall

Stock picture of a police officer on the beat to go with story about levels of fitness among Lancashire police officers

Stock picture of a police officer on the beat to go with story about levels of fitness among Lancashire police officers

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Police in Hucknall say they will be increasing patrols in readiness for ‘mad Friday’ - when many people finish work for the festive break and head for the town’s pubs.

Sergeant Simon Scales, of Ashfield South, said extra officers would be out as part of a ‘force-wide initiative to keep the public safe whilst celebrating the holidays.’

He added: “Locally we will be working with local public houses and licencing to ensure a peaceful but enjoyable evening for all.”

Mark Hodgson, general manager at the Half Moon pub on the market place, said: “I always think of it as seasonal drinkers. You get a steady crowd throughout the year but at Christmas you get a lot of people who don’t drink too much.

“Sometimes you get people who can’t hold their drink. They do tend to act up a bit more. We tend to be fairly strict from Halloween onwards. We have a door team on who keep everyone in check!”

Nottinghamshire police have organised extra staff to deal with the expected influx of 999 and 101 calls.

Often nicknamed ‘Black Friday’, ‘Mad Friday’ or even ‘Black-Eye Friday’, the date is often one of the busiest nights of the year for police.