Out on the town with Bolton police on 'Mad Friday'

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  • Our reporter Miranda Newey is out in Bolton with the police on one of their busiest nights of the year - 'Mad Friday'.
  • Police will be trying to make sure people stay safe while having a good time in Bolton town centre tonight.
  • Police commissioner Tony Lloyd has urged people to have fun but be responsible.

2:56am

Updates on arrests to follow in the morning as sadly sleep is needed before starting again in a few hours.

2:55am

Incidents seems to be frequent earlier on in the evening but seemed to reduce. I was told, understandably, to expect an increase in activity when people start to leave the bars, clubs and taleaways.

2:51am

And talk of her difficulty of policing an area populated with people and large amounts of traffic.

2:50am

They speak of how high police turn out has helped keep on top of issues and prevented them

2:49am

After spending about three hours in the very busy town centre Mr Lloyd and Mr Battle call it a night. Visiting Boltom follows visits elsewhere including Stalybridge.

2:43am

Tony Lloyd getting stuck into his visit to the town centre by speaking to lots of people including door staff, licensees, Street Angels and of course police.

2:42am

Delays on updates due to interviewing people with old fashioned pen and paper, rain and speaking to various people. Oh and not being able feel my fingers from being outdoors!

2:39am

Man arrested earlier outside J2 following alleged incident in the long queue.

2:38am

Street Angels assiting woman found asleep in a bar. Volunteers caring for her at their Bradshawgate base. No idea where her boyfriend and friends are. Volunteers will make sure she is safe and arrange for her to get home.

12:51am

Ambulance called to Bradshawgate for a woman collapsed

11:53pm

Oh no it's starting to rain again. It's not putting people off.

11:46pm

Officer gets a man to empty a beer bottle and bin it after spotting him attempting to take it from a bar to a taxi.

11:45pm

Looking around Bradshawgate and I can see 14 officers. Perhaps the large presence is keeping everyone in order

11:44pm

Town very busy and there's plenty of taxis bringing people in still. Despite the amount of people everything appears to be running smoothly.

10:58pm

Plenty of Christmas hats and jumpers being worn in town and some more brave people with bare arms and legs - feeling cold just seeing them 

10:56pm

Bar staff are telling Mr Lloyd about what tge economy is like in Bolton 

10:55pm

Also out with Ch Supt David Hull and Insp Andy Sidebotham

10:42pm

Delay on updates due to briefing at Bolton Police Station about how the evening known as "mad Friday" will be policed.

10:40pm

Heading out with Police and crime commissioner Tony Lloyd and his deputy Jim Battle now

8:50pm

Licensing checks being carried out to ensure businesses are operating challenge 25 to deter underage drinkers.

8:49pm

Officers say no place for drugs in the town. People caught with drugs will be arrested they say.

8:49pm

Officers say no place for drugs in the town. People caught with drugs will be arrested they say.

8:48pm

Bouncer at Shots bar refused a man entry for being too drunk. He headbutts him and officers are on scene almost immediately. Bouncer doesn't wish to make a complaint.

8:45pm

His mate is now being arrested too. Both for suspected possession of class A drugs.

8:42pm

They catch him with suspected cocaine in his pocket outside Churchgate House. He pleads with officers to let him go.

8:41pm

Eagle eyed licensing officer and police special sgt spot man they believe is using drugs. 

8:41pm

Rain pouring in town making updates a bit more tricky apologies for the delay

8:08pm

Police stop man as he gets out of minibus for having a bottle on him. He happily disposes of it.

8:07pm

He's now waiting for a police van to arrive

8:03pm

Section 27 notice issued to man outside The Post Office Bar. Notices are given for disorderly behaviour 

7:58pm

Large police presence around Nelson Square - they aren't standing for any misbehaving.

7:58pm

Actually Bradshawgate is very lively for this time of night. Businesses will be doing well judging by the amount if people was liking around. 

7:32pm

I will be seeing how police deal with one of the busiest nights of the year and catching up with Bolton's Street Angels later on to see how volunteers assist revellers.

7:30pm

Heading out with licensing officers at 8pm. Town is looking relatively quiet so far.

6:55pm

This is what it was like in Bolton last year:

The Bolton News: ‘Mad Friday’ in Bradshawgate, Bolton last year, one of the busiest nights of the year for police

6:54pm

Good evening everyone. I'll be out and about with the police tonight to see just how mad it is in Bolton on "Mad Friday".

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7:08pm Fri 20 Dec 13

atlas123 says...

Why do some police wear the black vests over the hi vis coats? Kinda kills the point of the hi viz.
Why do some police wear the black vests over the hi vis coats? Kinda kills the point of the hi viz. atlas123

8:01pm Fri 20 Dec 13

davroduk1 says...

Is it not a "stab proof vest" ???
Maybe its more comfortable on the outside, and a visible deterrent.
Is it not a "stab proof vest" ??? Maybe its more comfortable on the outside, and a visible deterrent. davroduk1

8:51pm Fri 20 Dec 13

mr.mark.c says...

So that is why they closed Animal World, they needed the funding for the other Animals.
So that is why they closed Animal World, they needed the funding for the other Animals. mr.mark.c

9:09pm Fri 20 Dec 13

MarkAllRead says...

It's awful weather out there. Miranda, I hope the BN are paying you *a lot* for this!
It's awful weather out there. Miranda, I hope the BN are paying you *a lot* for this! MarkAllRead

12:27am Sat 21 Dec 13

getajob123 says...

cutting edge reporting !!!! man has drink...............
. man gets a taxi.............. people go into a pub ....................
. wow youre going to be knocking the job offers back from the national press tomorrow............
....... or not ....................
.. lol truly pathetic journalism
cutting edge reporting !!!! man has drink............... . man gets a taxi.............. people go into a pub .................... . wow youre going to be knocking the job offers back from the national press tomorrow............ ....... or not .................... .. lol truly pathetic journalism getajob123

12:28am Sat 21 Dec 13

getajob123 says...

whats next

people have a drink ????? people go into a pub ?????

panorama wont be calling you, your investigational journalism skills are hillarious, a child could have written this better
whats next people have a drink ????? people go into a pub ????? panorama wont be calling you, your investigational journalism skills are hillarious, a child could have written this better getajob123

12:51am Sat 21 Dec 13

mr.mark.c says...

Give the lass a break, you lot moan when they dont go out and moan when they do.
Why not go join her in the peeing down rain rather than being keyboard warriors ???
Give the lass a break, you lot moan when they dont go out and moan when they do. Why not go join her in the peeing down rain rather than being keyboard warriors ??? mr.mark.c

2:32am Sat 21 Dec 13

MarkAllRead says...

mr.mark.c wrote:
Give the lass a break, you lot moan when they dont go out and moan when they do.
Why not go join her in the peeing down rain rather than being keyboard warriors ???
I'm not so sure she's been out much, she keeps disappearing for an hour at a time and then posts that it's raining. I can see that it's raining from the comfort of my own home.
[quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: Give the lass a break, you lot moan when they dont go out and moan when they do. Why not go join her in the peeing down rain rather than being keyboard warriors ???[/p][/quote]I'm not so sure she's been out much, she keeps disappearing for an hour at a time and then posts that it's raining. I can see that it's raining from the comfort of my own home. MarkAllRead

11:31am Sat 21 Dec 13

Citizen Cane says...

Not much happening was there?
Not much happening was there? Citizen Cane

5:37pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Superfly79 says...

getajob123 wrote:
cutting edge reporting !!!! man has drink...............

. man gets a taxi.............. people go into a pub ....................

. wow youre going to be knocking the job offers back from the national press tomorrow............

....... or not ....................

.. lol truly pathetic journalism
Maybe what she has reported is simply the truth..... I must admit to expecting tails of all night drunken misbehavior (and maybe that would have made for a more interesting story) but if it didn't happen then that can only be a good thing and I respect that Miranda has told it like it was.

If you want sensationalized journalism then go read The Sun.
[quote][p][bold]getajob123[/bold] wrote: cutting edge reporting !!!! man has drink............... . man gets a taxi.............. people go into a pub .................... . wow youre going to be knocking the job offers back from the national press tomorrow............ ....... or not .................... .. lol truly pathetic journalism[/p][/quote]Maybe what she has reported is simply the truth..... I must admit to expecting tails of all night drunken misbehavior (and maybe that would have made for a more interesting story) but if it didn't happen then that can only be a good thing and I respect that Miranda has told it like it was. If you want sensationalized journalism then go read The Sun. Superfly79

12:21am Sun 22 Dec 13

Beyond News Forum says...

Taxi!
Taxi! Beyond News Forum

5:22pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Hough64 says...

mr.mark.c wrote:
Give the lass a break, you lot moan when they dont go out and moan when they do. Why not go join her in the peeing down rain rather than being keyboard warriors ???
The prats that post on here would have only been happy if someone had been raped or stabbed. Something nice and juicy to focus on. I have been on hols for the past 6 weeks, came back and surprise surprise it is still the same old haters on here. Even Macauley is still obsessed with Farnworth. Bunch of sad keyboard warriors with no life away from the BN website.
[quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: Give the lass a break, you lot moan when they dont go out and moan when they do. Why not go join her in the peeing down rain rather than being keyboard warriors ???[/p][/quote]The prats that post on here would have only been happy if someone had been raped or stabbed. Something nice and juicy to focus on. I have been on hols for the past 6 weeks, came back and surprise surprise it is still the same old haters on here. Even Macauley is still obsessed with Farnworth. Bunch of sad keyboard warriors with no life away from the BN website. Hough64

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