Police insisted today that they are powerless to arrest ‘violent drunken idiots’ as New Year’s Eve celebrations descended into chaos across Wild West Britain.
One woman in her 20s was shot at a nightclub in Dalston, East London, while a drunken thug in the West Midlands attacked a partygoer with a 2ft sword.
Richard Cooke, chairman of the West Midlands Police Federation, said officers are becoming powerless to arrest ‘violent or aggressive drunken idiots’ due to cuts.
Elsewhere, Sussex Police Chief Inspector Roy Hodder said his force managed more than 100 emergency calls an hour between midnight and 3am this morning.
A drunken thug in the West Midlands attacked a partygoer with this 2ft sword overnight
Married father-of-two Mr Cooke tweeted shortly before 8am today: ‘Just got home after the New Year’s Eve night shift.
‘Reflection – the absolute number of violent/aggressive drunken idiots who 10, 15 years ago feet wouldn’t have touched ground on way to custody – now simply tolerated.
‘Reason – we simply hadn’t got the officers to do anything else. Arrests inevitably take officers away for hours these days and we can’t afford to lose them.
‘The line of what constitutes acceptable behaviour is pushed further and further to make ends meet.’
He spoke out after a drunken thug was arrested on suspicion of attacking a woman with a 2ft-long sword at a New Year’s Eve party in the region.
Police cars at the scene following the shooting at 5am this morning in Dalston, East London
Mr Cooke tweeted a picture of the ‘fearsome’ weapon, saying it had been discarded in the bushes outside a party – and the suspect was in custody.
Earlier in the evening in the West Midlands region, two people were robbed of their phones by three thugs who threatened them with machetes.
Meanwhile in East London, a woman in her 20s was taken to hospital with a bullet wound to her leg following a shooting at about 5am this morning.
Metropolitan Police officers have closed local roads, but the woman’s injuries are not believed to be life threatening. No arrests have been made.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘Police were called to a nightclub on Kingsland Road in Hackney, at 5am on Tuesday, January 1 following reports of a shooting.
Richard Cooke, chairman of the West Midlands Police Federation, said officers are becoming powerless to arrest ‘violent or aggressive drunken idiots’ due to cuts
‘Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended. A woman, believed to be aged in her mid-20s, was found with a gunshot wound to her leg.
‘She was treated at the scene by paramedics and then taken to hospital. Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. There has been no arrest. Enquiries continue.’
Kingsland Road is a popular stretch of the A10 road at night – with bars, shops and restaurants running along a section which takes about 20 minutes to walk along.
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