Eight people arrested in Norwich during Mad Friday Christmas celebrations
PUBLISHED: 11:27 23 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:56 24 December 2017
Eight people have been arrested in Norwich during one of the busiest nights of the year for partygoers.
Dubbed Black Eye Friday or Mad Friday - the last Friday before Christmas is one of the most popular nights for festive parties and one of the busiest nights of the year for the emergency services.
Norfolk Constabulary stationed around 50 officers on patrol in Norwich last night, focusing on Prince of Wales Road, Riverside and Tombland, as part of Operation Impact. The operation is designed to crack down on night-time violence and drunken disorder in Norwich.
Police made eight arrests in total - five arrests related to assaults including a minor assault on a police officer, two arrests for being drunk and disorderly and an arrest of a man wanted on warrant for previously having failed to attend court.
Inspector Jo Walmsley, local policing inspector, said: “The final Friday night ahead of Christmas is very often a busy time in the city, with many people celebrating with friends, family and work colleagues ahead of the Christmas holidays.
“The key aim of last night’s operation was to ensure that violence and anti-social behaviour would be kept to a minimum, whilst still ensuring that people would be able to enjoy a pre-Christmas night out in Norwich.
“I feel that we were able to enforce that message effectively yesterday and I would like to thank all the officers who were on patrol last night and members of the public for ensuring that arrests were kept to a minimum.”