VIDEO: Police in action on "Black Friday" in Bristol
Drink drivers, a brawl, drug possession - these were just some of the crimes police were called to deal with last night as "Black Friday" hit Bristol.
The last Friday before Christmas is traditionally one of the busiest nights of the year for the emergency services as thousands of people go out on the town to celebrate at Christmas parties.
The evening's incidents included a man who was caught with a knife and suspected drugs after acting aggressively in Clare Street at about 8.45pm, a group of 30 teenagers found fighting and swearing in the city half an hour later and a woman in Clifton who was drunkenly abusing people who tried to help her up after she fell over in the street at 9.40pm.
Other incidents logged before 11pm were:
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*A woman found to be over the drink-drive limit after a car crash in Longwell Green at 7.40pm
*A fight outside a city centre bar shortly before 7.55pm
*A group of eight cyclists dressed as Father Christmas riding slowly to hold up traffic in the Cumberland Basin at 7.40pm.
*A drunken woman abusing police officers in Downend shortly before 8pm
*Youths found drinking and in possession of cannabis by the shops in Emersons Green at 8.20pm
*A man who crashed a motorbike into a bollard them dumped it in Staple Hill at about 7.10pm.
*A brawl outside a pub in Park Row at 8.30pm
*A man found face down in a puddle in the city centre shortly before 9pm.
ThisisBristol joined Sgt Stephen Bell and PC Damien Hamilton-Smith on the first part of their Black Friday shift.
In just two hours they dealt with fights, arrested a man on suspicion of possessing a knife, caught teenagers smoking drugs in Castle Park, helped drunks find their way home and, in between all that, found time to chat to party goers and door staff across the city centre.
WATCH A VIDEO OF HOW THE NIGHT UNFOLDED:
Sgt Bell said that the increased police presence on Black Friday is not to spoil the festive fun but to help people enjoy themselves safely
He said: "Historically the last working day before Christmas has seen an increasing people coming in to enjoy themselves before Christmas.
"They stay out later than they normally would and perhaps drink more than they normally would. We are here to provide reassurance to people who don't normally come into Bristol in the evening - to make sure they enjoy themselves and get home safely.
"Some people have a bit too much to drink and become loud and confrontational, other people have far too much to drink, end up lying in a pool of their own vomit and have to have medical assistance which puts pressure on the other emergency services.
"Our main aim is to remind people to enjoy themselves, but drink responsibly, act responsibly then go home and enjoy Christmas with the family rather than in a police cell."
To show how they were coping, often with more than 370 incidents at a time across the whole Avon and Somerset area, the force had a running online feed, using social messaging site Twitter.
To read about the night as it unfolded, you can view our stream of the Police's tweets below.