Police in London preparing for weekend that could be ‘as busy as New Year’s Eve’

Pub prepares to reopen in central London (PA)
Pub prepares to reopen in central London

Police in London are gearing up for a weekend that could be as busy as New Year’s Eve when pubs reopen in most of England on Saturday.

Federation leaders warned the public will be “out in droves” on July 4, with one fearing a return to Accident and Emergency departments resembling “a circus full of drunken clowns” at weekends.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said her force has been planning for July 4 “for some time” and that the public will see “a lot” of officers on London streets.

Tim Clarke from the Metropolitan Police Federation, that represents officers up to the rank of chief inspector, said he feared this weekend “could be anything but a ‘Super Saturday’ for police officers”.

London has seen tensions flare during recent protests and a number of unlicensed music events.