Drunken revelers crowding a Warwickshire street have sparked fury over their behavior as closure looms.
Police were called to Tavistock Street in Leamington spa to receive reports of unruly crowds.
Footage at the scene shows police breaking up a fight as a young man is treated for a road injury.
A bystander who spoke with Metro they dubbed the street ‘Covidiot Alley’ as they described the chaotic scenes on the street, which is said to have become a troublesome place for emergency services every weekend of late.
The viewer said: “It happens every weekend. A young man was lying on the street next to a police van, at one point they were giving him oxygen and I heard him scream in pain.
“The police were also forced to break up a fight when the fists flew off. Nobody was arrested, they just pinned a guy against a wall and yelled at the others to leave. It was a really depressing scene.
Leamington remains at Level 1 today.
But the 10 pm curfew and the ‘rule of six’ still applied before the nationwide lockdown shift that will begin Thursday.
The crowds have reportedly been forming regularly after weekend nights when punters clear out a collection of nearby pubs and bars at 10 p.m.
Critics of the curfew rule have criticized the government, as closing time street party scenes in England raised concerns that the approach would only further spread the coronavirus.
Large horde scenes violating social distancing guidelines after nights out, such as the scenes on Tavistock Street, have caused a sensation across the country.
Local councilman Bill Gifford told Metro he was “appalled” by the behavior.
He said, “It is partly due to such thoughtlessness that we are now moving towards the blockade.”
He said his behavior was likely contributing to the rise of Covid-19 in Leamington and he was wasting police time.
Andi Conway, a Warwick and Leamington-based homeless welfare officer, said hospitality businesses in the area were struggling and misbehaving crowds were making things more difficult for them.
He warned revelers that they could bring the coronavirus into their own home, where vulnerable relatives could become ill.
He urged street partiers to “stop being selfish,” warning that if their loved ones died they could live with it on their conscience for the rest of their lives.