FESTIVE revellers are being warned to behave or face police action ahead of ‘Mad Friday’.
A joint operation has been launched by North Wales Police, Wrexham Council, the Welsh Ambulance Service and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to target alcohol -related problems over Christmas.
All agencies will be on the streets of Wrexham on Friday for so called ‘Mad Friday’ – the last before Christmas which often leads to an upsurge in drunken and anti-social behaviour.
Last year police predicted 10,000 people would take to the town’s bars and clubs for the night.
Police will look out for people involved in criminal or anti-social behaviour early in the evening and issuing them with notices to leave the town centre to prevent it escalating.
There will also be an operation against drug misuse, which will see police dogs deployed across the county borough.
Ambulance staff will also be in the town centre to treat any minor injuries to ease pressure on the A&E department at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.
Street pastors will be talking to revellers to offer reassurance and, in a new move, a welfare centre is being set up in the old Peppers Nightclub with nurses on hand to provide help.
Rhian Jones from Wrexham Council, who is helping to lead the campaign said: “On Friday night we will be deploying our teams to the streets.
“As part of Operation Lex, police will be in the town centre very early in the evening with a view to seeing what’s going on and, if low level anti-social behaviour is going on, they’ll be able to stop this escalating and nip it in the bud.
“School liaison officers are also going to be out on patrol looking for any underage drinkers.
“Our aim is to prevent alcohol fuelled crime which is associated with alcohol and this time of year.
“We will be discouraging that kind of behaviour from taking place.
“We want people to come into Wrexham town centre to have an excellent night – but we’d like them to drink responsibily.
“We’re working together to ensure their safety but we want people to know their limits.
“Ultimately the message is stay in control. If they don’t, then obviously the police team won’t tolerate anti-social behaviour.”
Other key dates being targeted by the authorities are Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, along with December 21, 27 and 28.