Residents have raised concerns about adults seemingly flouting social distancing guidelines in Stoke-on-Trent.
A photo emerged on social media of two women and three men all standing close to each other near the Samaritans shop, in Queen Street, Burslem, yesterday afternoon (April 12).
Eye-witnesses reported that the group had been seen drinking and shouting.
StokeonTrentLive has been granted permission to share the photo although we have chosen to hide their identities.
It comes as police forces across the country have dished out more than 1,000 fines for breaking coronavirus lockdown rules in three days.
While some Facebook users called for those involved to be ‘named and shamed’ and questioned where the police were, others suggested Stoke-on-Trent had become a city of ‘curtain twitchers’.
One woman said: “We would all love be out there but know we are thinking off others.”
Commenting on the picture, another added: “How awful. If you don’t know any different, why would you act any different? I have no idea how you would stop this from happening? What would banging them up do or fining them do?”
And a third said: “I can’t be bothered with folks like this if they can’t listen. Typical born with no brain cells brigade.”
One woman suggested that the Army could be brought in to help the police enforce lockdown.
She said: “They could patrol the towns and even the housing estates where people have been having visitors for hours on end.”
In Saturday’s press briefing, the chairman of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) Martin Hewitt revealed 1,084 fines have been issued as of Thursday.
Mr Hewitt said: “Across all of those forces, that is an average of less than 84 a day.
“This shows that the overwhelming majority of people are abiding by the rules and are staying at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
“In those few cases where police forces have made mistakes with those new regulations, they have quickly sought to correct them and provide clarity.”