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Inverness church hall to become festive ‘drunk tank’

Binge-drinking festive revellers will be able to recover in a “drunk tank” in Inverness – set up to cut the number of people who end up in police cells or A&E departments.

The Old High Church Hall in the Highland capital’s Academy Street has been converted into a refuge where worse-for-wear party-goers will be taken to be cared for by the Red Cross and the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Basic beds and chairs have been laid out for drinkers to sleep off the worst effects of alcohol, while volunteer medics will care for those in need of need of help.

Mark Hadfield, co-ordinator of the Inverness Street Pastors, also welcomed the scheme.

He said the volunteers, who patrol the streets at weekends to help the intoxicated, visited the hall on Friday to speak to those taken there.

• Full story at the Aberdeen Press & Journal.

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