A pub in south Liverpool has been issued with a prohibition order after it was found to be open, in breach of coronavirus restrictions.

Licensing officers received a tip that The Orient in Speke was open over the weekend, which goes against government orders issued last Friday night for entertainment, hospitality and indoor leisure premises to close.

The pub, on Eastern Avenue, was served with a notice to cease trading or face the possibility of an unlimited fine.

The action by Liverpool City Counci has been supported by Merseyside Police.

Liverpool community policing Superintendent Diane Pownall said: “Some people may think they are doing no harm behind closed doors but in reality they are selfishly putting themselves, their families and their wider community at risk.

“I would urge anyone who is aware of any business which is in breach of the government instruction to contact us so that we can take the appropriate action in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.”

It is the first pub in Liverpool to be issued with a prohibition order since the coronavirus restrictions were introduced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

City Manager Kevin Johnson said: “Where we receive evidence of premises opening illegally, we will investigate and take action, because they are acting irresponsibly and putting lives at risk.”