The highest ranking officer of Wales’ largest police force has warned people not to drink to excess over the bank holiday weekend.
Chief Constable Matt Jukes, of South Wales Police, issued the warning saying last bank holiday weekend was “as busy as any New Year” for his officers.
In a video message shared by the police force on Twitter, Chief Constable Jukes said “a lot of people had a drink” over the weekend which had “consequences for them and for people around them”. The last bank holiday fell on Friday, May 8, which had been planned with 75th anniversary of VE Day celebrations in mind.
He asked members of the public to drink responsibly and safely, and also gave his best wishes to those celebrating Eid and the end of Ramadan this weekend.
He said: “As we go into another bank holiday weekend, I wanted to thank everybody for paying attention to the current Welsh Government regulations and guidance, and working with us to keep our community safe.
“Last bank holiday we had a busy, busy time. We have never taken more calls than we took on the Friday, and 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.
“So wherever you are, we hope you enjoy your time. If you are going to have a drink please drink responsibly and safely.”
He added: “We also know that it is a big weekend and the end of Ramadan for our Islamic communities and I want to say Eid Mubarak and wish everybody well as they recognise Eid and that important festival in these very different circumstances.
“To all my frontline colleagues who are out there, I know we will continue to do our work carefully, with common sense and if you come across one of my colleagues or they come across you, I hope you will find they are doing their very best to keep everyone safe.
“Best wishes for the weekend. Diolch yn fawr iawn.”