'Black Friday': Busy night ahead for emergency services

Today is likely to be one of the busiest of the year for emergency services in Wales as the pre-Christmas party gets underway.

Alcohol treatment centre in Cardiff on 'Black Friday'

First aid charity St John Wales says volunteers will be in Cardiff tonight to help the emergency services, and keep revellers safe, on 'Black Friday.'

It is usually one of the busiest nights of the year, with many people out celebrating after finishing work for Christmas.

Emergency services are braced for a busy night in our town and city centres.

An alcohol treatment centre is held at Ebenezer Church Hall on Charles Street, and staffed by nurses from Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, and St John Wales volunteers.Last year, 44 revellers were treated by St John Wales in Cardiff over the festive period.

The most common complaints were intoxication, head wounds, and cuts.

St John says that, by treating the vast majority of people without them needing to go to hospital, it reduces pressure on A&E departments.

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Busy night ahead for emergency services

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The last Friday before Christmas is traditionally a big party night Credit: Johnny Green/PA Wire/PA Images

The emergency services across Wales are braced for a busy night and thousands of people will descend on towns and cities to celebrate the start of the Christmas break.

St John Wales volunteers will help staff an alcohol treatment centre in the centre of Cardiff to deal with minor injuries in order to relieve the pressure on A&E services.

The Police are also prepared for a busy evening and will be providing a visible presence on the streets in order to minimise violence caused by alcohol.