Gwent Police called to gardens and young people meeting in cars as they deal with 200 extra calls a day

Police in one area of Wales received an extra 200 calls a day over the bank holiday weekend.

Pam Kelly, Chief Constable for Gwent Police, said the weekend was extremely busy as officers were called to people drinking heavily in gardens and those breaking the rule of six.

She told BBC Radio Wales that over the weekend alone, four police officers received minor injuries from being assaulted, and the last few months have seen officers spat at, punched and even left with broken bones.

The Chief Constable said: “As always it has been a very busy busy bank holiday. Friday and Saturday we had more than 200 extra calls per day.

“Primarily links to anti-social behaviour but thankfully in Gwent we didn’t see the scenes that we have seen in Cardiff Bay but we have seen an increase in anti-social behaviour incidents, fuelled primarily by alcohol.

“Over the last few weeks we have been sending officers over to Bristol for the protests there and the riots.

“The usual in terms of people in gardens and more than six and drinking heavily, fights and incidents that happen, but also we have had large numbers of young people congregating in their vehicles, almost car rallies that sort of thing.”

“All things that have caused concern for our communities, but what we are concerned about is of course going into the summer, unlawful music events, raves and we really want young people to stop and think about what they are getting engaged with over the summer.

“We understand that it has been tough for everybody, young people and adults alike, and it has been lovely this weekend to see people appropriately getting together but the message is very clear, we are still in a pandemic.”

The reopening of hospitality is also an area of concern for police who fear being overwhelmed by people finally being allowed out to drink.

“We are glad that outdoor hospitality is opening outdoor before indoor, because if it all opened again at the same time it would be really tough for policing.

“We cannot afford to be in the position where we have violence and anti-social behaviour on the streets.

“Four of my officers were assaulted this weekend. It is not acceptable. We of course understand that people have found it hard this year but let’s continue to work together in Wales, violence and unlawful music events, raves, assaulting officers, it is just not acceptable.”

The Chief Constable saidnone of the four officers needed hospital treatment and said the assaults over the last few months ranged from being spat at, punched and suffering broken bones.

She described the attacks over the weekend as “minor assaults”.

Sources: (Wales Online)

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