New Year’s Eve brings busy night for police and paramedics in Sheffield

Revellers welcome in 2015.
Revellers welcome in 2015.
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Police have praised revellers in Sheffield for their good behaviour as they welcomed in the New Year.

An extra 70 officers took to the streets of Sheffield on New Year’s Eve to keep trouble at bay while people celebrated the arrival of 2015.

Police said that while they experienced a ‘busy night’, the majority of revellers were well behaved.

Superintendent Scott Green said: “Overnight we dealt with a high volume of calls and by 4am yesterday morning, the police cells in Sheffield were all full.

“That said, the majority of people out celebrating did so responsibly.

“Thanks to those people, and also to the officers on patrol that dealt with anybody who caused trouble promptly and proportionately.”

A high number of the extra officers were patrolling in Sheffield’s busy centre, particularly along West Street and Division Street, where many revellers were toasting the New Year in the city’s pubs and bars.

Further officers were deployed across areas of Sheffield in public order vans.

Of those arrested, the vast majority were alcohol-related incidents, including a number of assaults.

Mr Green said: “Although the cell spaces filled up, 99 per cent of the people celebrating enjoyed the night responsibly and interacted well with the officers who were out there keeping people safe.

“Yesterday was spent processing the prisoners in custody and making contact with other people that have contacted us in the last 24 hours.”

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust also had a hectic night responding large volumes of emergency calls.

In total, the service received 1,570 calls over the 12-hour period, from 6pm on New Year’s Eve and 6am on New Year’s Day.

Almost 60 per cent of the calls were received between midnight and 6am.

The busiest period occurred in the early hours of the morning and between midnight and 3am there were 51 emergency calls to assaults.

Similarly, many of the calls received were alcohol-related with large numbers of people celebrating the festivities.

Paul Mudd, locality director of A&E operations at the service, said: “As always, New Year’s Eve was a busy time for us and we received a high volume of alcohol-related calls, particularly in the early hours of the morning.

“Our community medical units and police and paramedic teams provided valuable support and were able to treat people who had too much to drink or those who had sustained minor injuries without them needing to go to hospital.”