Outbreaks of mass violence and disorder predicted by the Daily Mail on New Year's Eve failed to materialise, as police forces across the country reported revellers enjoying celebrations.
Greater Manchester police reported a 'pretty quiet' evening. Most drink-related arrests were made at private homes rather than licensed premises. 'It was obviously busier than normal, but in terms of the number of arrests for drunkenness, it was no different from any other day,' a spokeswoman said. Lancashire police and West Yorkshire police said that the number of calls to police was lower than last year. A spokeswoman for Merseyside police said: 'Licensed premises were visited throughout the evening [of New Year's Eve] and there was no cause for any premises to be closed in Liverpool city centre.' In central London, 69 arrests were made, mainly for drunkenness or public order offences.
The Home Office is set to announce the results of the Christmas Alcohol Misuse Enforcement Campaign at the end of the month.