Wednesday, January 2, 2013
PHOTOS: UK DRUNKEN STREETS OF SHAME - New Year, Same Binge…BOOZE-Fuelled Brits Spilled On To Streets As They Raucously Saw The New Year
Partygoers across the country were drunk, disorderly and dishevelled as they stumbled out of bars and clubs.
There was carnage in Britain’s major cities – including London, Newcastle, Liverpool and Birmingham – as revellers came out in force, despite the grim weather in some areas.
It was a busy night for the emergency services, with some reporting a huge spike in the number of calls they received.
The Metropolitan Police said that officers had made 96 arrests across the capital by 3.45am relating to the New Year’s Eve celebrations, mainly for being drunk, public order offences and assault.
Calls to West Midlands Ambulance Service peaked between 1am and 4am, with a total of 1,291 calls between midnight and 5am, a 9 per cent increase on the same period last year.
A spokeswoman said a large proportion of this year’s calls were for alcohol-related incidents including fights, assaults, falls and overdoses.
One incident in Stourbridge, West Mids, saw four people rescued from a river after three friends tried to help a drunken teenage girl from the water after she fell down a bank just after 8pm.
South East Coast Ambulance Service, which handles 999 calls from Kent, Sussex and Surrey, took 1,544 calls between 10pm and 4am – a rise of more than 20 per cent on last year.
In Newcastle, one girl dressed in a body hugging mini-dress fell into the window of a takeaway before collapsing, legs splayed, on to the dirty pavement.
A young man was seen clutching his bleeding face before also seeking the help of officers.
Meanwhile, university students at Swansea have been warned not to post “explicit” photos or brag of their boozy exploits on Facebook — as it may stop them getting a job.
Clean-up crews spruced up London yesterday morning as the capital nursed its New Year hangover.
Two hundred clean-up staff took just under six hours to clear a staggering 160 TONS of rubbish in Westminster to get the streets ready for yesterday’s New Year’s Day parade.
Thousands of people gathered in the city centre to see out 2012 by remembering the best moments from one of its most memorable years in recent history.
About 250,000 spectators were estimated to have watched the colourful and noisy pyrotechnics display, which featured 12,500 fireworks.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “What an amazing end to an incredible year.
"Watched by hundreds of thousands in the capital and millions around the globe, London has proved, yet again, that it can pull off spectacular world-class events in style.”
More than 3,500 police supported the organisers and stewards of the event, working alongside colleagues from the British Transport Police and other emergency services to keep revellers safe.
Yesterday’s New Year’s Day parade saw a procession of Olympic Games Makers, drummers, stilt walkers and Bolivian dancers greet 2013 as they snaked their way through central London.