Two tonnes of rubbish in clean-up after Mad Friday

Clean-up after Black Friday in Preston
Clean-up after Black Friday in Preston
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Eight people arrested and piles of rubbish cleared after last Friday before Christmas.

Eight people were arrested and two tonnes of rubbish were shifted after this year’s Mad Friday, as crowds descended on Preston to celebrate the last weekend before Christmas.

Clean-up after Black Friday in Preston

Clean-up after Black Friday in Preston

Police said the mood across the city was “generally festive”, and said most people enjoyed a “safe and enjoyable night”.

But council staff were left to face the clean-up the following day, which bosses said was the worst they had seen in some time.

Across Preston, six people were arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly, with two arrested on suspicion of assault.

In Leyland, four people were arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “Preston city centre was very busy throughout the afternoon and evening.

“Most pubs were busy but the mood was generally festive.

“Police worked with the Red Cross, taxi marshals and street pastors and only a handful of arrests were made for minor public order matters.

“South Ribble, Chorley and West Lancashire were similar with most enjoying a safe and enjoyable night.”

Council teams were on hand on Saturday morning to clear up the debris from the night before.

The crew included two road sweepers and two litter pickers, to deal with loose litter.

They were assisted by a litter bin lorry, which was used to empty the overfilled bins and also to collect bags of loose litter which had been collected.

Bosses said the total time to complete the work to bring the city centre back to an “acceptable quality” was just over three hours.

It was estimated that the total amount of waste from loose litter and litterbins was around 2 tonnes in weight.

A council spokesman said: “It’s always good to see people enjoying themselves, but please spare a thought for those who have to clean up afterwards.

“Our crews spent over three hours cleaning the town centre on Saturday morning and it was in the worst condition we have seen for some time.”