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Man, 23, arrested after couple caught having sex in viral video
August 9, 2022
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A 23-year-old man has been arrested for "outraging public decency" after video of two people engaging in a sex act in a popular city centre bar area in Liverpool was released online.
Joe Firby, from Gateshead in the North East, was arrested by Northumbria Police on behalf of Merseyside Police and questioned after "disturbing" videos were shared on social media.
Liverpool officers have now confirmed that the 23-year-old has been charged with outraging public decency and will appear in Liverpool Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, September 20.
Last Thursday (August 4), a number of clips circulated online appearing to show a man and a woman having sex and performing sex acts.
The people in the clips were just yards from the entrance of Einstein Bier Haus and in full view of bystanders.
Other clips also emerged showing a pair appearing to have sex on Bold Street, which is just off Concert Square, and on a Merseyrail train service.
Liverpool mayor Joanne Anderson slammed the behaviour as "damaging and criminal".
One of the city’s top police chiefs had also said the couple in the video were “wanted”.
Previously, a 37-year-old woman from Bradford was also arrested over the incident.
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Superintendent Diane Pownall, of Merseyside Police Liverpool Community Policing team told the ECHO: "We are investigating video footage circulating on social media which shows two people having sex in a public place in Liverpool City Centre.
"Merseyside Police will not tolerate illegal acts of public indecency on our streets and, rest assured, we are working to find those responsible and bring them to justice.
"All year round we work tirelessly with local businesses, Liverpool City Council and other partners to make sure that our City Centre is a safe place for people to come and visit and experience our nightlife.
"We are clear that we won’t let such unacceptable behaviour from a small minority of people tarnish the reputation of our city, so please, come forward with any information and we will take action."