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City centres littered with aggressive drunk revellers have become "endemic across the UK", not just in Manchester, a senior member of Greater Manchester Police told Good Morning Britain.
Inspector Ian Hanson was speaking after he made comments about avoiding Manchester city centre at night because there were too many drunk people and not enough police.
However, he said if "we are being realistic" alcohol-fuelled violence was "ingrained across the UK", not just in Manchester.
A senior member of Greater Manchester police has warned the drunken behaviour has become so bad, public safety is "at crisis point" and "sooner or later something horrific is going to happen".
Manchester city centre is too dangerous for police after midnight who blamed 24-hour drinking laws for creating alcohol fuelled mayhem.
Inspector Ian Hanson pointed to a more continental-style of drinking laws adopted in 2005 for the chaos "spiralling out of control".
Insp Hanson, 47, said he would no longer go into central Manchester late at night when the weekend drinking culture is in full swing at the city’s 300 pubs, bars and nightclubs.
Hanson, who chairs the local police federation, also blamed an overstretched force which needed more money and more resources to get the city centre back under control.