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Drink-fuelled violence crackdown in Greater Manchester

More than 100 people have been arrested in police raids as part of a major operation to tackle drink-fuelled violence in Greater Manchester.

Operation Portcullis aims to make Manchester safer for anyone coming into the city for a night out, police said.

Officers will work with the licensing trade to highlight the role they play in encouraging responsible drinking.

Safety arches will be set up to catch anyone carrying weapons in Manchester city centre throughout Friday night.

'Unprovoked assaults'

Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "Today we have sent out a powerful message to people who are suspected in getting involved in nasty attacks.

"All too frequently, alcohol is a major cause of aggression and results in innocent people being subjected to violent and unprovoked assaults.

"Up to 100,000 people visit Manchester each weekend for nights out. The city was recently awarded a purple flag for safety, so we know it is a safe city. We want to keep it that way."

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