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The chairman of the Police Federation has warned yesterday's pub reopening has proved it is "crystal clear" drunk people were unable to social dist

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The chairman of the Police Federation has warned yesterday’s pub reopening has proved it is “crystal clear” drunk people were unable to social distance adequately. Commenting after so-called Super Saturday, featuring images from London’s Soho showed packed streets in the early hours of this morning, 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”. It was “crystal clear” revellers would not adhere to the one metre plus rule as restrictions were eased on Saturday, he warned.

He added: “It was a busy night but the shift managed to cope. I know other areas have had issues with officers being assaulted.”

Elsewhere four people were arrested and five pubs decided to close after alcohol-related anti-social behaviour.

It comes after quarantine restrictions are being eased further to allow major sporting events, as well as filming for television programmes and films, to go ahead this summer, the Government has announced.

New rules mean some sports teams and production crews will not be required to self-isolate after arriving in England if they are deemed to be essential to the event or production.

The decision enables sports such as Formula One, international football and golf to make a comeback.

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Mr Andrews said in a televised conference: “This is not going to be a pleasant experience for those residents, but I have a message for those residents: this is not about punishment but protection.”

Promising two weeks of free rent and hardship payments to the residents, Mr Andrews said public health workers would test every resident of the buildings apart from those who have previously tested positive.

7.40am update: Police chief’s concern after Super Saturday

The chairman of the Police Federation has warned yesterday’s pub reopening has proved it is “crystal clear” drunk people were unable to social distance adequately.

Commenting after so-called Super Saturday, featuring images from London’s Soho showed packed streets in the early hours of this morning, 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”.

Elsewhere four people were arrested and five pubs decided to close after alcohol-related anti-social behaviour.



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