“If today was anything to go by the second wave won't be long in the making!”

Cities across England were packed with drinkers on their first night out in more than 100 days, and pubs were busy again yesterday as pubgoers enjoyed a drink in the sun…

Police Sergeant Richard Cooke of the West Midlands force tweeted: “Just got home after a long shift late shift peppered with pub fights, domestic violence & drunken drugged up fools.

“If today was anything to go by the second wave won’t be long in the making!”

That message was echoed by Police Federation Chairman John Apter, who said he had dealt with “naked men, happy drunks, angry drunks, fights and more angry drunks” while on duty in Southampton.

He added “What was crystal clear is that drunk people can’t/won’t socially distance. It was a busy night but the shift managed to cope. I know other areas have had issues with officers being assaulted.”