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.
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