'Selfish' Brits use step ladder to break coronavirus lockdown rules and enter shut parks

SELFISH Brits used a ladder to climb into a closed park during lockdown – next to one of Britain's most overrun coronavirus hospitals.

The rule-breaking park-goers clambered over the walls to visit the grounds just yards from where doctors and nurses are fighting to save lives.

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They were snapped breaking into Belle Vue park, Newport, which neighbours the Royal Gwent Hospital.

The hospital is at the frontline of the coronavirus outbreak having seen the highest number of infections outside of London.

It comes as the latest figures showed 1,829 have died in Britain after contracting the killer bug, with a further 25,150 being infected.

Careworker Janet Watkin pictured the ladder louts from her home opposite the picturesque park.


She said: "Two used the ladder to climb over the wall.

"One left with the ladder about ten minutes later then came back and was helped back over.

"I was incredulous. I can't believe people are risking the lives of others.

"They must think they're immune. This is why this virus could go on and on."

I was incredulous. I can't believe people are risking the lives of others.

Janet also pictured a second group of people using the park the following day – taking their skateboards with them and even sharing a bottle of water.

The Royal Gwent is the biggest hospital within the Aneurin Bevan Health Board area which has seen 590 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Intensive care consultant Dr David Hepburn told how he was laid low with the virus after catching it from a colleague at the Royal Gwent.

He said: "At the moment my team at the Intensive Care Unit are looking after a lot of patients who are critically unwell with coronavirus.


"Some of them are younger than I am and they are certainly not the frail, elderly people that maybe some of us have been led to believe we would be seeing.

"They are young, they are fit and they have young families."

Dr Hepburn urged the British public to follow the isolation advice.

He added: "Please, please listen to the advice that's going around at the minute.


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"This is a small sacrifice for a short period of time and then life will get back to normal again but we have to protect everybody and we have to protect the NHS."

Dr Hepburn also revealed that he had been fighting the virus and warned about just "how sick this can make you".

He said: "I'd like to tell you that I got coronavirus from heroically looking after some of these patients but actually the reality is much more mundane.

"I think I probably caught this from contact with colleagues at work or possibly somebody out in the street before any of the coronavirus patients arrived on the intensive care unit.

"It started off very innocuously. I had a burning sensation in my nose, I lost my sense of taste, I never had a cough and then I've had a week of feeling absolutely terrible.

"Aching muscles, aching bones and unable to get out of bed – sleeping between 16 and 18 hours a day.

"I'm on the mend now thankfully, I hope but I can't emphasise to you how sick this can make you."

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