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Police Bust Pub Illegally Operating And Find Drinkers Inside 'Hiding In Cupboards'

Police Bust Pub Illegally Operating And Find Drinkers Inside 'Hiding In Cupboards'

Pubs in the UK have been shut for weeks in a bid to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Millions of people have been gagging for a beer at their local, however we're all staying home so that we keep the number of new Covid-19 cases as low as possible.

But police have been shocked to find a small group of people and a pub flouting the rules.

Officers got a tip-off from an anonymous source that The Pitsmoor Hotel in Sheffield, England was still operating and people were heading in to have a tipple.

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Credit: Google Maps
Credit: Google Maps

When they busted the joint, cops say they found people hiding to avoid capture.

South Yorkshire Police liquor licensing manager John O'Malley said in a statement: "Officers attended the premises and found a number of people hiding in cupboards. The pub was clearly still open for business.

"What makes this more significant, is that the license holder has already been served a prohibition notice under the legislation for another premise.

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"Licences for both venues are now under review by ourselves and Sheffield City Council, so there could be long-term implications for these businesses."

Pubs, clubs and bars have been warned they will be at the back of the pack in terms of places that can open up once the pandemic curve has been flattened.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

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Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove told BBC's Andrew Marr Show: "Areas of hospitality will be among the last to exit the lock down, yes that is true, they will be among the last.

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"This virus has changed so much, it's a new virus of a great potency and lethality. It spreads remarkably fast, we want to ensure that we can get on top of it.

"We also want to ensure the economic life of the nation, the social life of the nation can return over time but even as some restrictions are lifted the way in which our schools, the way in which our shops and factories operate will change as a result of what we know about this virus and what we know about social distancing.

"Of course, we want to make sure that the best scientific advice guides us as we take an approach towards easing these restrictions in the right way with appropriate safeguards."

Michael Gove appeared on BBC's Andrew Marr Show. Credit: BBC
Michael Gove appeared on BBC's Andrew Marr Show. Credit: BBC
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The UK Government officially extended the lockdown restrictions for at least another three weeks on 16 April.

Foreign secretary Dominic Raab announced the extension in the daily coronavirus briefing, where he was joined by chief medical officer Chris Witty and chief scientific advisor Sir Patrick Vallance.

Raab says lockdown in UK will be able to end when five factors will need to be satisfied.

These include, space in hospitals, a sustained fall in the daily death rate, reliable data to show infection rate is decreasing, having testing and PPE in hand, and to ensure the NHS won't be overwhelmed.

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The extension of the measures, which were brought in on 23 March, mean all UK residents must remain in their homes in all instances other than to shop for essential supplies, obtain medicine, exercise once a day and travel to work if they absolutely cannot work from home.

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Topics: UK News, News, Coronavirus, crime

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.