Only a small number of arrests were made as hospitality venues across the West Midlands successfully and safely reopened last night.
After three months of closures, government guidance said bars and restaurants could reopen yesterday, as long as they adhere to social distancing and safety measures that protect both staff, customers and the public.
West Midlands Police say they received a high level of 999 calls during the early hours of this morning, reporting fights, street parties and loud music, as well as an increase in reports of domestic abuse.
However, only four arrests made connected to pubs and bars across the entire force area. Chief Superintendent Steve Graham, police commander said:
"It’s been difficult for many businesses recently, it was great to see them open again and people out having a good time, while being sensible and observing the social distancing measures that are in place.
“We saw people taking great personal responsibility for their actions and behaviour and the evening ran smoothly with only a handful of incidents at pubs and bars reported to us.
“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.
“Our officers were on hand to assist designated premises supervisors and security teams. 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.
“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 that 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.”