Officers urge people to enjoy the nice weather safely this weekend
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Warwickshire’s local policing lead has issued a warning to residents ahead of what is expected to be a busy weekend for officers. Last weekend saw people being allowed to sit in pubs and restaurants for the first time this year as lockdown restriction eased. It proved a very busy one for the force with 26 people arrested on suspicion of alcohol related incidents.
Eight of those arrested were detained on suspicion of drink driving, seven on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly, and five on suspicion of committing domestic offences.
Four people were arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly in Leamington with three of them being issued penalty notices.
Chief Superintendent Emma Bastone, Head of Local Policing, said: “As restrictions ease and life is returning to normality, we want all of our communities to be able to enjoy socialising safely with their friends and family. Last weekend was extremely busy for officers and we saw a considerable amount of unacceptable drunken behaviour. With a bank holiday weekend approaching and the weather looking nice we are issuing a warning; we didn’t tolerate criminal drunken behaviour last weekend and we certainly won’t this weekend.
“As with last weekend we’ll have extra officers on duty at key time over the next few days to help keep people safe. We’re urging people to know their limits and stay in control this weekend or potentially face the consequences of their actions.”
“I’d also remind people that that are still restrictions in place on gatherings indoors at private addresses as we continue to see Covid cases in the county. Socialising indoors is limited to the ‘rule of six’ or two households. We will enforce these restrictions to protect our communities, and indeed the organisers of a large gathering last week near Stratford are now facing fines as a result of their actions.”