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Kent Police special constabulary to increase patrols this weekend for 'Super Saturday' as Boris Johnson prepares to warn punters not to 'overdo it'

Police have dozens of volunteer officers on hand to patrol the streets and roads on "Super Saturday".

It comes as landlords and brewery bosses in Kent prepare to reopen pubs tomorrow amid a relaxation of lockdown rules. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will later warn punters not to "overdo it" at a Downing Street address.

Police have dozens of volunteer officers on hand this weekend
Police have dozens of volunteer officers on hand this weekend

In a tweet shared by the special constabulary - who are volunteer police officers with the same powers as regular ones - they say 617 hours of extra policing will be given and preparations are underway for the weekend ahead.

"We have an incredible 63 officers completing 78 duties on Saturday and Sunday," it states.

They will be out patrolling roads, high streets and town centres.

The extra duties would have cost the force almost £20,000 if completed by regular officers.

But it will cost "next to nothing" thanks to the volunteers.

Police have urged people to drink responsibly and have warned punters the coronavirus is "still a serious risk to health".

A spokesperson said: "As venues open their doors again some people will see this as an opportunity to drink to excess and become vulnerable to harm or indeed cause harm to others.

"This will not be tolerated, officers are committed to protecting the public, tackling antisocial behaviour and reducing incidents of crime and violence."

Assistant chief constable Claire Nix said the force wants people to have fun - but they must be mindful of restrictions still in place.

"Over recent weeks we have been working with local pubs, bars and restaurants to ensure we are all well prepared to maximise safety and cut crime," she said.

"Across the county we will be taking any incidents of anti-social and criminal behaviour very seriously and perpetrators will be dealt with swiftly.

"I want to remind everyone who is planning to visit a pub, bar or restaurant on Saturday to know their limit, don’t put yourself or others at risk, plan your day and consider how you will get home safely."

It's just a day until pubs, restaurants and hairdressers can reopen, and businesses in Kent have been eagerly preparing after more than three months of lockdown.

On June 23, the prime minister revealed the latest round of lockdown easing would include certain hospitality and leisure businesses being allowed to welcome customers back from this Saturday.

Regulations to keep outlets ‘Covid-secure’ have been published by the government, and as the two-metre rule "effectively makes life impossible for large parts of the economy" it will be reduced to just one metre.

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