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Reckless walkers use stepladder to get into locked park despite UK lockdown

Reckless walkers used a ladder to climb into a locked park – next to one of Britain’s most overrun coronavirus hospitals.

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

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.

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

She told Wales Online : “Two used the ladder to climb over the wall.

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Other people were also seen in the locked park (Image: WALES NEWS SERVICE)

“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.”

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 Newport resident could not believe the sight (Image: WALES NEWS SERVICE)

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.

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“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.

“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”.

The park is next to a hospital hard hit by coronavirus (Image: WALES NEWS SERVICE)

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.”

According to Newport Council’s website, all gated parks in the city are now closed to both pedestrians and vehicles to ensure social distancing guidelines are being followed.

Current government guidelines state you will only be allowed to leave your home for the following very limited purposes:

• shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible;
• one form of exercise a day – for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household;
• any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person;
• travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.

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