A pub has slammed rowdy behaviour and lack of facilities on Exeter Quay after a photo emerged of overflowing bins and a woman dropping her trousers to urinate in public.
The image shows a woman just a few metres from the water’s edge and semi-crouched behind a wooden hut.
But rather than being concealed from public view – as she apparently thinks – her exposed bottom is clearly visible from the nearby Prospect Inn, which is currently closed due to lockdown.
The pub has posted the image on Twitter with the words: “The ferryman hut is now a toilet too…absolutely unbelievable!”
Another photo, taken a little further along the waterfront by the swans, shows empty pizza and beer boxes scattered on the grass and alcohol cans overflowing from a bin.
The image has outraged the pub, which says groups of people congregated at the quay on Wednesday as temperatures soared. One photo shows at least two people in the river while scores lap up the sun from the bank.
The Prospect Inn urged people to keep the quay tidy and take rubbish home with them.
A spokesperson for the pub said: “The public toilets are closed at 7pm so people are out and about drinking with no facilities to use.”
Others commenting on the post have criticised both visitors to the quay for their behaviour and the lack of lack of bins provided by the council.
Exeter City councillor Diana Moore replied to the posts on Twitter saying she had been told the extra work keeping the quay clean is ‘resource heavy’ and can put late working staff in a difficult situation when dealing with rowdy people who won’t leave.
“Urinating in public like this is not acceptable. There will be additional police on Friday and Saturday,” she said.
In late May the Prospect pub announced it was to halt serving takeaway meals.
It said at the time: “It is with a very heavy heart that we announce that tomorrow night will be our last night providing a takeaway service. We would like to thank our friends and customers for your loyal support.
“The anti-social behaviour on the Quay worsens day by day, but tonight was the final straw: abuse, harassment, urination and public nudity. The pub will remain closed until it is safe to re-open to keep our customers, Quay residents and our family safe. We will be further securing our property to prevent the use of our tables and damage.
“We look forward to happier times on the Quay. Take care and stay safe.”
Pubs have been given the green light to reopen on Saturday, July 4 by the government.