South Yorkshire’s top police officer has blasted binge drinking revellers after he spent New Year’s Eve on patrol in Sheffield city centre.
A series of alcohol-fuelled brawls, a nightclub stabbing, a drunken man with a head injury and a vulnerable woman who had drunk herself unconscious were just some of the incidents attended by South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton.
The chief joined his officers on the streets of Sheffield city centre from 7pm on December 31 until 5am on New Year’s Day, during which time his patrol attended around 15 incidents. Speaking exclusively to The Star, he said the force – which received 737 emergency 999 calls between 9pm and 5am – and the ambulance service were stretched to breaking point. He said: “Every incident we dealt with – without exception – was alcohol-fuelled. The spirit of New Year had clearly been imbibed to dangerous and violent excess by far too many people. But I lost count of the times we were wished Happy New Year – something we appreciated.
READ THE FULL STORY IN THE STAR ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 2014.