A mass brawl kicked off outside a pub in Scotland which had remained open despite Government orders to close in an effort to tackle the spread of coronavirus.
Disturbing footage of the fight outside packed boozer Cheers in the town of Greenock, in Inverclyde, has been shared online with police confirming one man was arrested.
Officers attended the scene at around 6pm on Saturday, which saw one man receive minor injuries, said Police Scotland.
The video then began being shared on social media on Sunday, reports the Daily Record.
It comes after the Government ordered restaurants, cafes, pubs and other public places to close in a bid to stem the spread of the disease.
Police labelled numerous pubs intent on defying instructions and willing to remain operational until they are ‘legally ordered’ to shut, as “absolutely reckless” and a danger to lives.
In response, officers in Scotland have been given emergency closure orders to be used if encountered with licensed premises refusing to close.
A spokesperson from Police Scotland said: “Police attended a report of an assault having taken place at a licensed premises in West Stewart Street, Greenock, around 6pm on Saturday, 21 March.
“A man received minor injuries and a 50-year-old man has been arrested.
“Enquiries are ongoing.”
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It comes as it was announced yesterday that police will use public safety laws to close down any pub which fails to comply with the shutdown.
Deputy Chief Constable Malcolm Graham, Police Scotland’s lead for coronavirus, said: “There has been an exceptionally high level of compliance across Scotland with the UK and Scottish Government instruction for entertainment venues to close, with thousands of premises shutting.
“However, I am aware that a small number of public houses are intent on defying this instruction and have indicated that they will remain open until legally ordered to close.
“This is absolutely reckless and endangers not only the lives of customers, but wider communities, in an extremely fast moving and unprecedented situation where both the health and safety of the nation is at stake.
“Therefore, I have obtained further legal advice today and Police Scotland will now instruct officers to serve emergency closure orders on any licensed premises which refuses to comply on the grounds of the threat posed to public safety.
“Officers are now visiting these premises today to have them closed.
“These are exceptional times and I would again urge everyone to stay safe and listen to the clear advice coming from health experts and government.”
Weekend crowds endangered lives as they filled parks, beaches, garden centres and supermarkets despite pleas to stay home to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Official figures from the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England, released on Sunday morning, showed 78,340 people had been tested for coronavirus in the UK, with 5,683 patients confirmed positive.
Boris Johnson has said the Government is ready to impose tougher restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus if people do not follow the guidance on social distancing.
The Prime Minister’s warning came as the latest official figures showed the number of people across the UK who have died after testing positive for Covid-19 has risen by 48 to 281.
This includes patients aged 18 and 102 – thought to be the youngest and oldest victims so far.