Pubs forced to shut early after ‘major disorder’ on Super Saturday

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Several pubs decided to close early in four Nottinghamshire towns after reports of major disorder on Super Saturday.

Nottinghamshire Police said four people were arrested following trouble at a number of venues across Mansfield, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Arnold and Newark on the day pubs, bars and restaurants re-opened.

Officers dealt with numerous incidents of anti-social behaviour, including smashed windows and a minor assault, as pubs reopened after three months in lockdown.

The owners of three pubs across Mansfield and Sutton, and a further two across Arnold and Newark, took the decision to shut early following the incidents.

Inspector Craig Berry, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: ‘Officers were quickly on the scene to deal with a number of alcohol-related anti-social behaviour reports including a smashed window and minor assault.

‘As a result four arrests were made by officers and we supported Licensees who chose to close their own premises.

‘No pubs have been closed by the police. We’d like to thank the majority of the public who have acted responsibly throughout Saturday, especially whilst watching the much anticipated Derby v Forest match.

‘There will be a large number of uniformed officers on duty across our communities overnight to ensure people are safe, as well engaging, educating and encouraging people to stick to the government guidelines.’

A force spokesman added: ‘If you have any concerns or witness something suspicious over the weekend, please contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101. In an emergency, dial 999.’

Chaotic scenes and pictures of packed streets across the UK prompted a top officer to say it is ‘crystal clear’ drunk people can’t properly socially distance.

Chairman of the Police Federation, John Apter, said he dealt with ‘naked men, happy drunks, angry drunks, fights and more angry drunks’ during a shift in Southampton.

He added: ‘What was crystal clear is that drunk people can’t/won’t socially distance.

‘It was a busy night but the shift managed to cope. I know other areas have had issues with officers being assaulted.’