Mad Friday: South Yorkshire police ‘Twitterthon’

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POLICE published dozens of incidents on social networking website Twitter to give members of the public an insight into how busy they were on ‘Mad Friday’.

The force ‘tweeted’ between noon and midnight yesterday.

During the last 12 hours over 1,000 calls have been taken by South Yorkshire Police and details have been tweeted out for the ‘Merry Tweetmas’ twitterthon on Friday 20 December.

‘Mad Friday’, the Friday before Christmas is one of the busiest days of the year for policing and particularly for incidents involving violent crime and alcohol-related antisocial behaviour.

The number of people who have been joining in the conversation about the twitterthon totalled almost 1,400 (which will increase) by using #SYtweetmas.

The ‘Merry Tweetmas’ twitterthon was part of the force’s 2013 Christmas campaign ‘Start thinking, reduce your drinking’ which focuses on reducing alcohol-fuelled violent crime, domestic violence, vulnerability and underage drinking.

Feedback from the public on Twitter showed their intrigue and disbelief about the variety of calls that the force receives.

Force lead on violent crime, Superintendent Peter Norman said: “We hope this 12-hour insight gave our communities an understanding of the volume and variety of calls we deal with across South Yorkshire.

“Alcohol-related incidents made up approximately a quarter of all calls, but overall, the public appear to have heeded our advice and we didn’t have any serious incidents.

“Our most vulnerable age group for violent crime over the festive period is 16 - 30 and hopefully our use of social media has helped reinforce important personal safety messages.”

To read all the tweets that were issued visit

Among the reports in the Doncaster and Dearne areas were A 20 year old man arrested for being drunk and disorderly in Doncaster town centre;

An assault in Doncaster town centre where a 45 year old man received facial injuries.

In Mexborough officers tweeted: “The man has not been assaulted he has had too much to drink and fallen over.”

Call from hotel in Woodlands - six men were ejected for being drunk, “They’re now arguing outside.”

In Bentley - two young men entered an off license, stole alcohol and reportedly assaulted the shopkeeper.

Final call from Mexborough: “A woman is either drunk or asleep in a bus stop.”