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Christmas partygoers get VERY merry as they hit the town in fancy dress for boozy pub crawl

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HARDY revellers braved the miserable weather as they hit the town on the final weekend night out before Christmas.

Partygoers donned Santa suits for boozy bar crawls as they celebrated the start of the festive break.

In Leeds, hundreds of revellers dressed as Father Christmas took part in the Otley Run pub crawl.

The raucous scenes last night came after 'Mad Friday' brought carnage to city centres across the country, with some police forces reporting a spike in arrests as they battled to keep control.

The last Friday before Christmas is also known as "Black Eye Friday" because of the number of drunken accidents and fights.

It certainly lived up to its name for one officer from Cleveland Police, who was left with a bloody and swollen eye after being repeatedly punched.

Three other officers were elbowed and spat at while on duty, the force said.

It received a total of 315 emergency calls overnight and 31 people were arrested.

Chief superintendent Emily Harrison said: "This level of abuse towards our officers is disgusting and the force will not tolerate it under any circumstances."

She added: "Each of our officers put their life on the line to protect people living in our communities, they work round the clock every day of the year."

Elsewhere in Middleton, Greater Manchester, two officers were rushed to hospital after being attacked while breaking up a fight at 2.35am on Saturday morning.

A male officer was knocked unconscious after being punched in the head, while a female officer was punched, dragged to the floor and stamped on.