Fury as Bank Holiday 'idiots' pictured ignoring lockdown across South Yorkshire

With Boris Johnson set to address the nation this evening, it seems some are choosing to flout lockdown rules before a change in measures has even been announced.

By Sophie Wills
Sunday, 10th May 2020, 12:39 pm
Updated Sunday, 10th May 2020, 12:40 pm

According to Government guidelines, which were imposed in March, residents are currently only permitted to live their homes to buy essential items or take one form of exercise per day.

But around 13 youths were pictured huddled round a skate park and ‘putting the lives of others at risk’ at Brampton Bierlow in Rotherham over the Bank Holiday.

More images have since surfaced online of people ‘drinking pints’ at Victoria Quays, playing football on Norfolk Park and forming a close-knit queue for ice-cream at Rother Valley Country Park.

This photo of youths huddled round a skate park was posted to Twitter by @mOOger674.

Residents have taken to social media to voice their concerns.

Jane Stewart said: “As I drove into Sheffield and out and back earlier for a hospital appointment, I couldn't believe what I was seeing.

“Maltby, Bramley, Wickersley, Stag area, Whiston, Catcliffe all fine, hardly anyone about- odd single or couple out for their exercise.

“I get to the Dereck Dooley, Wicker and Hallamshire areas and groups of people were all over the place gathered outside shops on street corners. I couldn’t believe the difference.”

Mary Burke said: “I really don't people have got the message. This is not like flu.

“It is a new type of virus with serious life changing complications such as multi-organ failure for some. There is a lot we do not know about it. My opinion is that only idiots would ignore this advice at their peril.”

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