On Monday 19th July 2021, the country entered into the final phase of the Covid roadmap out of lockdown.
As a result, towns and city centres became busier over the week with the weekend being the first time many ventured out to socialise with friends, family and loved ones.
Detective Chief Superintendent Phill Ward said: “This weekend saw our night time economy return, with bars, clubs and other social spaces opening fully for people to enjoy themselves after a testing year and a half.
“I am pleased to report that the majority of members of the public enjoyed the lifting of restrictions and the facilities within our region in a safe and responsible way.
“We had additional officers out and about patrolling key areas throughout the weekend, whilst talking to members of the public along the way.
“As we enter into the transitional period, our additional staff, officers and resources will remain on hand to accommodate the likely increase in demand for service.
“As always, we are asking for people to act and drink responsibly and to remain vigilant.
“We are here when you need us.”