2nd Jul, 2022

Surge in reports of domestic abuse, fights and parties as pubs reopen

Andy Morris 6th Jul, 2020

POLICE in the West Midlands saw a surge in reports of domestic abuse, fights, house parties and loud music following the re-opening of pubs at the weekend.

A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said they received a high level of 999 calls during the early hours of Sunday (July 5).

However, there were ‘very few’ reports of trouble at pubs and bars, with only four arrests made at venues across the entire region.

Ch Supt Steve Graham said: “It was a busy evening, with lots of people deciding to host house or street parties or visit their locals pubs instead of heading into those in our larger cities and towns.

“Sadly some of these resulted in police being called following complaints about drunken behaviour, noise nuisance and fighting.

“Lockdown has been tough for everyone. While we understand people were excited about the easing of restrictions, it’s a shame we saw some pockets of disorder and violence on our streets.

“This is not acceptable and we’re doing all we can to find and deal with those responsible.”

He added officers saw people taking responsibility for their actions and behaviour, with only a handful of incidents at pubs and bars reported.

He said: “Three arrests were made following reports of a disorder at a pub in Sandwell and one person was arrested to prevent a breach of the peace in Birmingham.

“We were impressed with the compliance of the majority of people who came out to enjoy the eagerly awaited reopening of pubs and bars within our vibrant cities and towns. Thank you to everyone who played their part in keeping us all safe.

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