South Yorks: Police prepare for ‘Mad Friday’ Twitterthon


On the Friday night before Christmas, all the through the region, pubs, clubs and bars will be thriving.

And police will be Tweeting about the incidents they are called to.

So-called ‘Mad Friday’ can see some people take their celebrations to the extreme, requiring an emergency response and putting pressure on services.

Between 12 noon and midnight on Friday 20th December the four Yorkshire and Humberside police forces will be tweeting details of incidents.

It is hoped it will help raise awareness of the variety and quantity of calls police deal with at this time of year, and the response provided.

To view the live South Yorkshire Police Merry Tweetmas Twitterthon feed visit or follow #SYtweetmas on Twitter.

“On Friday 20th December many firms and businesses close early for the Christmas holiday to begin in earnest. This often results in SYP having one of its busiest days of the year in terms of drunken, antisocial behaviour and violence,” said Supt Peter Norman.

“This day is traditionally called Mad Friday due to the large increase in calls for assistance to the police.”

“I think the public will be amazed at the scale and variety of calls our officers deal with to keep communities safe and secure.”

“Unfortunately, experience shows that on Mad Friday some people will finish work early, head off to the pub, drink too much alcohol, too quickly.”

“Combined with the excitement of the festive period they end up behaving completely out of character. Some will be ill, some will be injured and some will be arrested.”

“Alcohol affects everyone differently. Young people in particular are very vulnerable in terms of drinking too much alcohol at this time of the year.”

“If officers are called to people who are aggressive, drunk and disorderly, or committing drunken anti-social behaviour they will be arrested.”

“Our message to everyone going out drinking on ‘Mad Friday’ and especially to parents of teenagers, is organise transport home before going out, look after your friends to make sure they are safe, and don’t drink too much alcohol too quickly. Don’t be tempted to drink and drive, instead book a taxi or organise a lift home.”

South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright said he fully supported plans for Friday’s upcoming Twitterthon.

He said: “My thanks and admiration goes out to each and every officer involved in making our streets safer in South Yorkshire and to those working on the Twitterthon.”

“It is hoped that by making residents aware of the high demands and the diverse range of incidents, we can all work together to ensure that everyone enjoys the festive season safely.”