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The Street Angels keeping Leeds safe this 'Mad Friday'

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The Street Angels of the Christian Nightlife Initiatives helping to keep Leeds safe this 'Mad Friday' Mad Friday's in full flow! Christmas party revellers hit towns across the country as emergency services brace themselves for the busiest drinking nights of the year Tonight is expected to be the busiest evening for work Christmas parties Known as 'Mad Friday' it marks the start of the Christmas season for many There are fears festivities will hit hospitals and police forces in the UK Last year sales of alcohol rose by 114 per cent compared to average Friday With Christmas looming, drinks flowing and the office closed for the festive period, revellers across the country donned their party outfits to celebrate 'Mad Friday'. Tonight is expected to be the busiest evening for work Christmas parties and pubs, bars and clubs are predicting a night of bumper sales. Known as 'Mad' or 'Black Friday' it marks the beginning of the Christmas season for many who are finishing work. In Leeds city centre, fancy dress was in full flow with groups of women hitting the town in striking wigs, while others on stilts serenaded sharply dressed men. Elsewhere in Birmingham, groups of friends showed off their ostentatious variety of festive jumpers. One reveller in London took the seasonal attire to the next level, with a full red Christmas themed suit covered in snowmen and Christmas trees. Last year, sales of alcohol soared by 114 per cent on Mad Friday compared with an average Friday in 2013. There are fears the festivities will also hit hospitals and police forces, as Britons put their health and safety at risk by opting for one drink too many. Police forces up and down the country are bringing in extra officers to cope with demand. In Manchester alone, more officers will come on duty in the city centre during the evening when 150,000 to 200,000 people are expected to roll in to town for a boozy shindig. A woman has already been arrested by North Wales Police for being 'drunk and urinating' in public at 4pm. In Cardiff, there is a temporary triage unit in the city centre, while there is a help point in Swansea. Police and ambulance crews are urging people to take care when out drinking tonight. Humberside Police said: 'The festive period is a great time to socialise with friends and work colleagues in the run-up to Christmas. 'Unfortunately, these nights can lead to revellers drinking excessively which leaves them vulnerable to becoming victims of crime and occasionally leading to serious assaults and sexual assaults.' Street pastors are turning to social media in an effort to use it as a force for good during party season. Christian Nightlife Initiatives have launched a #StaySafe campaign reminding revellers of responsible drinking and appropriate behaviour. Their tips include drinking plenty of water, staying in groups of friends, and keeping money back to afford transport home at the end of the evening.