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Public urged to be sensible during ‘freedom weekend’

22 Jul 2021

The Constabulary is urging the public to enjoy the first weekend following the end of legislative restrictions sensibly, as calls for service continue to climb.

So far in July the force has received 9,329 999 calls, a 30% increase compared to the same period last year (7,195) and an 7% rise on the same time period last month (8,694).

This demand for service has also been reflected on the frontline with officers attending almost 6,500 incidents already this month, including a house party in East Cambridgeshire at the weekend which was gate-crashed by more than 100 people after it was posted online.

Police attended following reports of violence and while dealing with the incident two officers were punched in the face.

In the early hours of Wednesday (21 July) officers were called to a fight outside of a club in Cambridge during which a man was knocked unconscious.

Chief Constable Nick Dean said: “While we appreciate the restrictions were in place for a long time and some people are keen to enjoy the new ‘freedoms’, we ask that people do so sensibly and with consideration for those around them. This weekend more than ever is about taking personal responsibility.

“Demand for our services is at an all-time high and a lot of those calls could be avoided if people were to enjoy themselves in moderation.

“Calls as a consequence of excessive drinking are completely avoidable and can delay us from getting to those truly in need of our help so please, by all means enjoy yourselves, but do so sensibly.

“I’m sure people are fed up of hearing this now but the virus hasn’t suddenly gone away and everyone still has a part to play in easing the pressure on our health service.

“We will continue to wear masks and adhere to personal hygiene guidance when dealing with the public and in our stations to help keep each other safe.

"Just because it is no longer the law, it doesn't mean that we shouldn't do the right thing and continue to follow the guidance we are all used to.

“We anticipate demand for our services will be high this weekend as restrictions are lifted but I hope people prove us wrong by doing the right thing. Enjoy yourself in a safe and sensible way and allow us to concentrate our resources on dealing with issues the public would expect us to be dealing with.

“This in turn will free up resources in our health service and help our ongoing fight against this virus.”

In an emergency always dial 999 but for non-emergencies the force’s website has a wealth of information and advice available, as well as online forms for reporting crime and intelligence.

Those who are pressed for time, hard of hearing or can’t talk freely can visit the dedicated web chat page or click the green button in the bottom right corner of any page on the force’s website to start a chat with a specialist operator.

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