Public warned 'drink responsibly' over bank holiday weekend to avoid putting extra strain on NHS

Police have warned the public to "drink responsibly" over the bank holiday weekend to avoid putting extra pressure on emergency services during the coronavirus pandemic.

The warning comes after Welsh forces across the country experienced their highest demand during the early May bank holiday weekend in two years.

Chief Constable Matt Jukes, from South Wales Police, said the force took a record number of calls on Friday 8 May.

Chief Constable Matt Jukes said: "Last bank holiday we had a busy, busy time. We had a Saturday that was as busy as any New Year.

"A lot of people had a drink - that had some consequences for them and for people around them.

"Wherever you are, we hope you enjoy your time, if you're going to have a drink please drink responsibly and safely."

Earlier this month Dyfed-Powys Police said demand on the service over the bank holiday weekend was "the highest it's been for a couple of years".

Chief Constable Mark Collins claimed all four Welsh forces were busier on Friday bank holiday than they were on New Year's Eve.

Hundreds of streets across Wales saw celebrations of the 75th anniversary of VE Day, but some warned irresponsible street parties may cause a spike in new coronavirus cases.

People in England are now allowed to drive elsewhere for exercise but rules in Wales remain the same. Credit: PA Images

On Friday the First Minister of Wales issued fresh warnings to the public, urging them to stay at home and obey lockdown restrictions.

Mark Drakeford also reminded people that tougher fines are now in place, with £1,920 the maximum fine for those who break the rules.

People in England have been urged not to come to Wales, as rules there now allow people to drive to other destinations for exercise.

Following the easing of some lockdown measures in England last week, people across the border are being urged not to travel to Wales.

The public has been urged to stay away from beaches over the bank holiday weekend when England is expected to bask in dry, sunny weather.