23 September 2017   |  Last Updated 18-12-2014 06:17

      Thursday 18, December 2014

      GMP issue 'Mad Friday' chaos warning

       

      GREATER Manchester Police have issued a stark warning for anybody planning on spending ‘Mad Friday’ in the city.

      With three hundred thousand people expected to visit the city centre this weekend, Greater Manchester Police have issued advice to party-goers ahead of Friday’s festivities.

      Chief Superintendent John O’Hare from Greater Manchester Police’s Specialist Operations, said: “Our officers will be on duty throughout the holiday period to ensure people have a safe and peaceful Christmas. However, I urge everyone to consider how they plan to spend their festive period – nobody wants to end up in a police car, ambulance or – in the worst instance – a hearse.” 

      It is not just the police who will have their work cut out on Friday; the ambulance service will also have a major part to play.

      Steve Hynes, Greater Manchester Head of Service, North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said:


      “We want to encourage the public to consider the seriousness associated with this time of year, especially in the week before Christmas.  Our staff see first-hand the devastating affect alcohol-related incidents can cause - in some instances, it can result in death,”


      Friday is set to be one of the busiest nights of the year for pubs and bars all over the country with many people marking the beginning of their Christmas holidays by flocking to Manchester’s many nightspots.


      The owner of the Northern Quarter’s ‘The Whiskey Bar,’ Nick Parr explained the challenges that ‘Mad Friday’ presents to his industry.


      “It’s a known busy night and the level of unruly behaviour always escalates, due in part to naming such an occasion ‘Mad Friday’,” he said.


      Mr Parr added: “Due to the notoriety, a majority of our regular crowd will probably stay at home and many different people will be venturing all over, knowing everywhere is busy.


      “We maintain a tight door policy and therefore any issues from the night can be kept at the door. The resulting high fever and party atmosphere can then be kept inside without any trouble,” Mr Parr said.


      Despite the obvious issues associated with one of the busiest nights in the year, Mr Parr maintains that his team is ready for what’s in store.


      “There is certainly nothing to dread about ‘Mad Friday’. It will be busy and chaotic but we are prepared. We anticipate lots of fun and good times as we do all weekends!”


      Local taxi firms can also expect a hectic night; one cabbie for Salford based firm Mainline Sevens said:


      “This Friday will be mad.  All the offices here knock off early for a drink and we'll be running them round town. It'll be non-stop that's for sure.”


      Meanwhile, Stockport-based company Lynx Taxis is also anticipating a busy night for its drivers.


      “It’s going to be mad,” said Head of Driver Liaison Craig Ingham.


      “We do encourage people to book in advance and generally they do because everybody wants a taxi.


      “It’s going to be crazy!”


      There is no doubt though that the emergency services will be have the hardest job tomorrow evening and they will be hoping there is no repeat of last year’s late night brawl in Chinatown which left five men requiring hospital treatment.


      North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust Head of Service Mr Hynes said: “We are currently receiving an unprecedented amount of 999 calls. The festive season is always an extremely busy time for the emergency services and is set to place even more demand on our resources this year. 

       

      “Ultimately, we want people to have a safe, enjoyable festive season but it can all change quickly, so please consider your actions as the implications may be life-changing.” 

       

      By Dan Whelan

       

       

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