Mad Friday 2014: Warning to stay safe in Leeds city centre

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hundreds of thousands of revellers are expected to flock to restaurants and bars across Leeds in the run up to Christmas.

And this Friday is set to be one of the busiest days of the year for the city’s night-time economy as revellers celebrate the festive period.

But health officials have warned that one in five accident and emergency attendances over the weekend in Leeds are due to the influence and impact of alcohol.

Today the Yorkshire Evening Post is joining forces with West Yorkshire Police and health professionals in Leeds to urge people to stay safe while enjoying the city’s bustling night scene.

The YEP has been given the chance to go behind the scenes with the emergency services for a series of special features which will run throughout the week.

Our reporters have been out and about with police as they tackle crime on the streets of the city centre during a busy Saturday evening shift.

We have seen first-hand some of the incidents police officers are faced with as party-goers flock to bars.

We have also been given exclusive access to operations behind the scenes to help keep revellers safe.

The YEP has also been given an exclusive glimpse to capture life behind the scenes at Leeds General Infirmary’s bustling accident and emergency department.

Our reporting team have seen first-hand some of the incidents doctors and nurses deal with during the course of the evening in the run up to Christmas.

The Yorkshire Evening Post will also feature the work of the city’s business network who are working together in a bid to tackle crime during the festive period.