‘Crystal clear drunk people can’t distance’ Police chief ERUPTS at post-lockdown CHAOS

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“Thousands” of people were spotted gathering in Soho with pictures appearing to show Britons struggling to abide by social distancing rules. It comes as Federation chief John Apter said while on duty in Southampton he had dealt with “naked men, happy drunks, angry drunks, fights and more angry drunks”. He said it was “crystal clear” revellers would not adhere to the one metre plus rule as restrictions were eased on Saturday.

He added: “It was a busy night but the shift managed to cope.

“I know other areas have had issues with officers being assaulted.”

Arrests were made across the country and several pubs were shut down amid the chaos.

Rafal Liszewski, a store manager at Clonezone on Soho’s Old Compton Street in London described crowds in the area on Saturday night after pubs were allowed to trade again as “out of control”.

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Pictures as UK lockdown measures were relaxed (Image: getty)

Barely anyone was wearing masks and nobody respected social distancing

Rafal Liszewski

The 36-year-old said: “Saturday started very easy. But you could feel tension in the air.

“Around 1pm crowds started to arrive.

“Quickly everything got out of control and by 8-9 pm it was a proper street party with people dancing and drinking.

“Barely anyone was wearing masks and nobody respected social distancing.

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Scenes in Soho last night (Image: GETTY)

“To be honest with that many people on one street it was physically impossible.”

Marc Foley-Comer said the bars he went to in Soho on Saturday night had “excellent safety measures” and social distancing in place, but the scenes outside resembled London’s Pride celebrations.

“It was packed. It was like it was Pride – and very chaotic and people were pretty drunk but the police were in force and doing a good job.

“We decided to leave as it was too busy and too risky still – there was no social distancing.”

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A worker wearing a face shield in Soho (Image: GETTY)

Speaking to Sky News’s Sophy Ridge, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was pleased with the behaviour of most people up and down England as pubs reopened.

He said: “From what I’ve seen, although there’s some pictures to the contrary, very very largely people have acted responsibly.

“Overall, I’m pleased with what happened yesterday.

“But of course we’ll take action when we need to when… if the minority break the rules.”

On those who did not social distance, Mr Hancock said: “Well we’ll, of course, keep this very closely under review, and you’ve seen for instance in Leicester but also in other places that we don’t shirk from bringing in more drastic measures if that is what’s needed to control the virus.”

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Police were out in force in Soho (Image: GETTY)

Problems were not restricted to the capital.

Four people were arrested and several pubs decided to close after alcohol related anti-social behaviour in north Nottinghamshire.

Nottinghamshire Police said three pubs in Mansfield and Sutton in Ashfield, plus two in Arnold and Newark closed.

Inspector Craig Berry said: “Officers were quickly on the scene to deal with a number of alcohol related anti-social behaviour reports including a smashed window and minor assault. As a result four arrests were made by officers and we supported licensees who chose to close their own premises.

“No pubs have been closed by the police.

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Jonathan Gullis’s tweet (Image: Twitter)

“We’d like to thank the majority of the public who have acted responsibly throughout Saturday, especially whilst watching the much-anticipated Derby v Forest match.”

Stoke-on-Trent North MP Jonathan Gullis has criticised the behaviour of an “irresponsible minority” of pub goers.

He was responding to a tweet by Staffordshire Police chief constable Gareth Morgan, who said his officers had been as busy as they were on New Year’s Eve.

Tory Mr Gullis tweeted: “Sorry to hear a minority could not act in a safe and responsible manner across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Image: GETTY)

“The PM has been very clear that things will close again if they need to and I don’t want us to be in a local lockdown.”

Speaking on Friday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “The virus is still with us and the spike in Leicester has shown that.

“If it starts running out of control again this government will not hesitate in putting on the brakes and reimposing restrictions.

“I do want people to feel that it’s safe to go and enjoy themselves and enjoy hospitality. But it’s got to be done in a responsible way.”

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Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty (Image: Reuters)

Chief Medical Officer Professor Whitty added: “None of us believe, and I’m sure nobody watching this believes, this is a risk-free next step. It is absolutely not, that is why we have to be really serious about it.

“There’s no doubt these are environments whose principal job it is to bring people together, that’s a great thing to do socially but it’s also a great thing from the virus’s point of view.

“Therefore, we do have to have a really clear and really disciplined approach to try and maintain social distancing whilst also enjoying pubs.”


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