Plymouth officer urges public to stay safe as pubs reopen this weekend

    PC Jon Hitt says local police are putting extra resources in place as lockdown restrictions ease

    A local police officer is asking people to be safe and sensible this weekend.

    It comes as pubs can reopen from Saturday (4 July) as restrictions ease even further.

    PC Jon Hitt, based at Charles Cross Police Station, says people need to be aware that they still need to stick to the Government guidelines:

    "We still have an issue with the pandemic, it's still prevalent, it's an issued that's spiked again in Leicester, so it's not gone away.

    "If people want come out and have a drink, by all means do so, but just be mindful that there are still restrictions in place and we still need to consider others."

    Last week local police had a handful dealing with anti-social behaviour on the Hoe and Barbican.

    The warm weather saw a number of pubs open for takeaway beer and groups of people gathering on the waterfront.

    PC Hitt says the pubs reopening will have a big impact on how they police it:

    "It's going to be resource intensive. We're expecting a lot of people to come out and make use of the fact that the pubs are open again.

    "We are preparing, we are putting extra resources in place, extra officers are being asked to come in or change shifts just to make sure that we are prepared.

    "It'll help us to deal with any issues, should they arise, and nip them in the bud; and make sure that everyone has a nice, safe and pleasant weekend."

    LISTEN to PC Jon Hitt tell Radio Plymouth more:

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