Plymouth New Year's Eve sees string of drink-related offences
POLICE in Plymouth have said they were kept busy over the New Year's Eve period with a host of alcohol-related incidents.
Around 30 people spent the night in cells at Charles Cross police station for a variety of crimes, ranging from drink driving, common assault, domestic violence and being drunk and disorderly.
A police spokesman said: "The vast majority of the cases police dealt with on New Year's Eve were related to drunkenness. Many of those arrested were not known to the police before.
"There were a number of public order matters and minor assaults. This was not high jinks, this was more to do with people being drunk and being unable to control themselves."
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Other arrests were made for offences including criminal damage, causing grievous bodily harm, domestic violence, public disorder and drink driving.
The spokesman said: "Many of the incidents were relatively minor, but alcohol was a predominant factor in almost every arrest made on New Year's Eve."
One reveller told The Herald she witnessed one of the brawls which took place at Derry's Cross in the early hours of New Year's Day.
The young woman, who asked not to be named, said: "At around 3am I was leaving Grosvenor casino and saw a big crowd of men fighting on the crossing just outside.
"It seemed to start off as just handbags, but more and more men joined in and it got more serious. There was lots of pushing and swearing.
"Bouncers from Revolutions came over to try and break them up and then shortly afterwards the police riot van came."