Following so-called ‘super Saturday’ it has become clear that one of the trade-offs for re-opening the hospitality sector, is the complete lack of ‘social distancing’ being exhibited by some of the people who go out and get drunk.
Many frontline emergency workers have reported witnessing a night of violence and disorder as thousands of people flocked back to popular drinking spots around the country.
Following a three month ‘break’ from alcohol-fuelled violence and disorder, last night the emergency services were once again in the thick of it — as if the pandemic and recent protests hadn’t already been a big enough challenge for the emergency services and NHS.
One of the many reports we have seen being fed back from the frontline was an account given by John Apter, the Chairman of the Police Federation of England & Wales.
As the Chairman of the Police Federation, John acts as a voice for the 122,000 police officers who serve in England & Wales.
John joined his fellow officers last night, as they raced around responding to 999 calls around Hampshire (his ‘home’ force).
And here’s what he said:
“Morning folks, it’s the morning after the night before!
“I hope those 999 colleagues who were working last night managed to get home in one piece!
“Was a predictably busy night and confirmed what we knew; alcohol and social distancing is not a good combination”.
Earlier on in the evening, John tweeted:
“Finished my late shift with Hants Police Southampton City late shift.
“A busy shift, we dealt with anti-social behaviour, naked men, possession of class ‘A’ drugs, happy drunks, angry drunks, fights, more angry drunks and was called a fascist pig by somebody we tried to help!
“What was crystal clear is that drunk people can’t/won’t socially distance.
“It was a busy night, but the shift managed to cope.
“I know other areas have had issues with officers being assaulted. Now heading home, to those still on shift please stay safe”.
The emergency services community had been expected a busy shift, full of drunken disorder and fights.
And, from the many accounts which we have seen, that is precisely what they got.
The respite from the irresponsible individuals who cannot handle their alcohol and who do not know when to stop is well-and-truly over.
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