Police report relatively peaceful shift on ‘Black Eye Friday’

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POLICE have praised revellers as a notorious night passed without major incident.

Party goers flocked to city centres to celebrate the last Friday before Christmas – which has been dubbed ‘Black Eye Friday’.

But while there was no major trouble, police made more booze-fuelled arrests this year compared to 2012.

In total 90 people were arrested by officers across Northumbria and Durham.

North East Ambulance Service responded to 532 emergency calls between 7pm on Friday and 7am on Saturday morning but a spokeswoman said that this was an average number for this time of year.

That figure was down on last year when the service received 609 calls in the same 12 hour period.

In the Northumbria force area there were 31 arrests, the majority of which were for drunk and disorderly behaviour in city centres such as Sunderland.

Temporary Supt Bruce Storey said: “As expected the city centre was busier than usual with the majority of people in good spirits and enjoying a night out. Extra officers were on patrol and we worked closely with the local authority, licensees and door staff to help ensure people could enjoy a night out and get home safely.”

In Durham officers arrested 59 people between 12 noon on Friday and 5am on Saturday.