Mobile ‘drunk tank’ to take care of Christmas casualties

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a MOBILE “drunk tank” is to be deployed across the Capital to help emergency services cope with revellers this ­Christmas.

The Safe Zone bus, which will provide first aid, medical facilities and a protective environment, is set to become a familiar sight on the streets of Edinburgh. The vehicle will become operational from tonight, one of the busiest nights of the year for police and ambulance personnel due to the number of people celebrating the festive season.

But the bus – funded by the police, ambulance service, government and charities – will continue to operate all year round at weekends.

Ambulance crews and police will work with volunteers on the single-decker coach to keep people safe when they become vulnerable through substance abuse or alcohol consumption, injury, domestic abuse or other kinds of emotional distress.

Councillor Cammy Day, chairman of the Edinburgh Community Safety Partnership, said: “This is about trying to prevent as many people needing to access accident and emergency by providing them with a safe zone during one of the busiest times of the ­festivities.”