What is Mad Friday and when is it happening this year?

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What is Mad Friday and when is it this year?

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Police and ambulance services are due to begin their annual preparations for Mad Friday, as hundreds of boozed up revellers will be indulging in the festive spirit on the last Friday before Christmas Day.

Also known as Black Eye Friday, due to the increased numbers of fights that break out in bars, pubs and clubs, the day signals the start of the festive season as many workplaces close for the Christmas holidays.

Ambulance trusts nationwide set up mobile ‘drunk tanks’ in city centres to help ease the pressure on hospitals and police cells. Higher end units can treat up to 11 people at a time, and feature seating with restraint straps, to the tune of £500,000.

PIC BY MICHAEL SCOTT/CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: The lad has collapsed onto the floor but his friend stays with him until an ambulance is called an hour later.) - It was chaos last night as this years freshers hit the streets to mark the beginning of their university career. Broad Street in Birmingham, West Midlands, was rammed with drunks on The Ultimate Freshers Barcrawl - an event organised for students at Aston University. Dressed up as superheroes, the revellers can be seen queuing outside Birminghams superclub Pryzm, which has a whopping capacity of 2,400. SEE CATERS COPY.

PIC BY MICHAEL SCOTT/CATERS NEWS

Last year, police in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, tripled the number of officers on patrol due to concerns about potential trouble.

Officers in Liverpool were issued with body-worn cameras to help them deal with any trouble makers.

In Plymouth, police cells had been filled by 12:30am, with three vans of arrested people queued up outside the station.

Police in Manchester city centre kept Twitter informed of the public’s antics:

Meanwhile, South Yorkshire released a series of helpful tips:

In 2013, police in Greater Manchester launched the hashtag #MadMancFriday in an effort to deter revellers from future shenanigans.

Clearly it didn’t work.

Mad Friday is scheduled to take place on 23rd December this year.