'Mad Friday' mayhem: Brits hit the town hard on booziest night of the year


Sore head?
You're probably not alone. Brits hit the town hard last night for what was expected to be the booziest night of the year.
Hospital and ambulance services were preparing for a soar in alcohol-related callouts.
Health chiefs urged people to drink in moderation on 'Mad Friday' - also known as Black-Eye Friday - with Christmas celebrations in full swing.
Already stretched A&E services were anticipating a 40 per cent rise in booze-fuelled injuries, and extra ambulance crews were on duty.
But images from town centres across the country suggested they were kept busy.
People were getting into the festive spirit across the country
Police and ambulance services were expecting a busy night
Boozers keep warm in freezing temperatures by donning festive attire
Alcohol-related callouts were expected to soar on 'Mad Friday'
Greater Manchester police said it they made six arrests including a 49-year-old man who apparently urinated on £70 worth of Pot Noodles in a shop at 5.01am.
At 2.50am, two men were arrested for public order and obstructing police.
"Apparently threatened to shoot and stab door staff after refused entry to bar. Then kicked off with cops; CS spray used on one male," police said.
Darts fans dressed as Ali G before the start of play on day two of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace in London
Revellers in Leicester Square last night
Police help a woman in Piccadilly Circus on 'Mad Friday'
A reveller was treated by emergency services in Liverpool city centre
Last year's 'Mad Friday' saw the London Ambulance Service respond to nearly 300 alcohol-related incidents, compared to an average of 191 on an average Friday night.
That trend was repeated across the country.
Yesterday, London Ambulance Service said it was expecting to respond to 43 per cent more alcohol related incidents on what it predicted would be one of the busiest party nights of the year.
Among them included a drunk man stuck in a bin and giving advice to a family of an inebriated teenager, London Ambulance Service said on its Twitter page.

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