No arrests in King's Lynn as extra resources in place for pubs reopening
Norfolk’s assistant chief constable has said it was “unusual” there were no arrests in Lynn on Saturday night as pubs reopened for the first time after lockdown.
Julie Wvendth said there were large numbers of resources in place for any disorder at the weekend, having “not known how Saturday would pan-out”.
She added: “Overall people were well-behaved and adapted to the new normal well. No arrests on a Saturday night is sadly quite unusual, however this a trend I wouldn’t mind seeing more of so please continue to enjoy yourselves safely and responsibly.”
Customers were adapting to a ‘new normal’ on Saturday as pubs reopened for the first time since late March due to the pandemic.
Among the changes were a track and trace system, hand sanitiser stations and venues are only permitted to provide table service.
Saturday also saw the introduction of new legislation which makes gatherings of 30 people illegal – unless it is for work, training or educational purposes.
Miss Wvendth said one of the biggest changes for police during lockdown has been the lack of public order patrols being deployed on Friday and Saturday nights.
Ahead of last weekend, assistant chief constable Nick Davison said: “We have appropriate resources in place to deal with any issues which may arise and additional officers will be on patrol across the county.”
Despite there being no arrests in Lynn for the first weekend of reopening, Miss Wvendth said it is important people recognise that “going ‘out out’ is different now and will be for some time to come”.
She added that it is important for people to plan their night and book ahead with many venues being at reduced capacity with restaurant-like booking systems.
“We witnessed many scenes at the weekend where people arrived at venues, without booking, only to be turned away,” she said.
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