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Police step up patrols and road checks on Mad Friday

Created on 22/12/2017 @ 10:04
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The annual "Mad Friday" is getting underway with Newtown's bars expecting a frantic afternoon and night of revellers enjoying the last Friday before Christmas.

And while most will be enjoying the day, Newtown Police are urging those out celebrating to be safe and sensible.

The annual festive occasion attracts hundreds into the town from the surrounding area.

Police said they would be on the streets and roads undertaking licensing checks and drink/drug drive operations, in addition to keeping an eye on revellers.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Claire Parmenter said: “As you plan and prepare for your events and parties this Christmas, we ask that you have a plan for the important things – the things that’ll keep you and others safe. 

“Know your limits. Know how you’re going to get home. Know that you’ll be able to reflect on your big night out for all the right reasons and not because you were carried away in the moment.  

“We all hope you have a fantastic Christmas and if you’re out in our towns across the force area, we look forward to seeing you.” 

For those who choose not to look after themselves, or are determined to cause trouble, there will be a warm welcome at the force’s custody suites – although officers there would prefer not to have too many customers if possible.

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