Disbelief at calls to South Yorkshire police on ‘Mad Friday’

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A four-man brawl, domestic disputes, drink driving arrests and an escaped herd of horses were just some of the calls dealt with by police in South Yorkshire on one of its busiest nights of the year.

Forces in Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster shared details of more than 1,000 reports and call-outs during a 12-hour stint on the night known as ‘Mad Friday’.

Details were posted on social networking site Twitter during Merry Tweetmas, part of a drive to reduce alcohol-fuelled violent crime and domestic violence.

Many calls involved alcohol-related incidents, such as a report from officers in Rotherham on a fight between four men outside a pub in Kimberworth.

Some of the more unusual reports from the Sheffield feed included a ‘suspicious man hiding in gardens’ in Intake, a person who rang police after a hat was stolen from his head in the city centre, and another seeking advice from police after being ejected from a pub.

The public on Twitter expressed their intrigue and disbelief about the variety of calls South Yorkshire Police receives.

Visit www.southyorks.police.uk/twitterfall for the full feed.