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Crowds were said to have come out in force to drink in the streets, urinate in public and intimidating residents, it is claimed.

Thirsty boozers descended after word got around The Village Bar Cafe, situated next to a Co-op supermarket, reopened in Killay, Swansea after three months of lockdown.

The Village Bar Cafe in Swansea, South Wales, was forced to shut after launching a takeaway drinks service when some punters packed into a town square to neck beer before relieving themselves in the street

Complaints flooded in after people swarmed a town square to booze outdoors after a local bar opened for takeaway sales

Pubs are set to officially reopen beer gardens with new social distancing measures in place from next month

The Village Bar Cafe is next to a local Co-op meaning residents had to walk by drinkers

Some were failing to obey social-distancing recommendations in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, with particular concerns raised about older people in the area trying to do their shopping.

A pub has had to close soon after launching a hugely popular takeaway drinks service, following a surge of complaints.

He said: “I was walking past Killay Square with my eight-year-old at around 5.50pm on Friday.

One local resident, who wished to remain anonymous told WalesOnline he had a “scary” experience on Friday evening while walking through town with his daughter.

Disgusted residents said they spotted hundreds” of punters drinking in the square after word got around the venue had reopened on June 11.

“There must have been hundreds of people talking and drinking beer.

“I feel for the older people trying to get essentials at the Co-op. The queue for the shop, because of social distancing, backs onto the square.”

“It was quite a scary experience for my daughter. On a normal day during the lockdown, you’d see three or four people at the square max.

“Many of them were in their 50s and unlikely to be from the same family. There was no social distancing at all.

He said: “[On Friday, June 26] we took the decision not to reopen as a takeaway.

Meanwhile, bar’s owner, Martyn Jenkins, admitted the relaunch “has not turned out as we planned” and the bar has now stopped serving at weekends.

Another resident said she saw men urinating on walls in the area, adding: “It was not very pleasant.”

“We are a small independent family business and it was not our intention to cause an adverse effect on our local community and we apologise to anyone who while using the precinct has felt uncomfortable.”

He said: “We have been inundated – absolutely inundated with complaints. They reopened a few weeks ago and there were problems from the start.

“The Village has confirmed it is operating within the guidelines. The issue is that with it, there are repercussions.

Meanwhile councillor for Killay South, Jeff Jones said he will be taking part in discussions with local businesses and PCSOs to see if anything more can be done to allow businesses to trade within coronavirus guidelines without impacting negatively on locals.

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