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Wild horses couldn't drag me to a pub this Saturday - here's why: Andrew Vine

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I’m not alone in resolving to avoid pubs for a while yet. Friends who’d like to get back together and put the world to rights over a few drinks don’t fancy the idea either.

It’s not just that we share a wariness about stepping back into a social setting that might prove to be a breeding ground for coronavirus, though that’s certainly part of the reason.

But what really puts us off is that opening pubs for the first time in three months on a summer Saturday as the restarted football season draws to a climax is a formula for mayhem.

Who’d be a police officer this Saturday night? Of all the difficult tasks our men and women in uniform have been asked to carry out during these past weeks, this sounds the hardest of all.

Town and city centres that have been shut will suddenly be awash with drunks – and sweeping up the injuries that result from accidents and fights will fall on the police and hospitals, as it always does.

Does anybody in Government really think that at least a substantial minority of people able to go out on the lash for the first time in months won’t go mad?

The police know it’s likely to happen, and that’s why some forces are reportedly cancelling leave, a sure sign that they are braced for trouble.

It isn’t remotely difficult to picture the scenes on the streets as crowds gather and attempts by officers to persuade people to keep some sort of sensible distance are met with hostility.

There have already been indicators of what a thankless task the police face, in the........

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