First pic of man and woman charged after city centre sex video goes viral

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A man and woman who are suspected to have had sex in Liverpool city centre in front of hundreds have been pictured for the first time since they were named by police.

Joe Firby, from Gateshead in the North East, and Kelly Cousins, of Merton Road, Bootle, have been identified by Merseyside Police after supposedly outraging public decency with their alleged action.

Mr Firby, 23, will appear at Liverpool Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, September 20.

The couple appeared to perform sex acts just yards from the entrance of Einsten Bier Haus in a video that began circulating on Tuesday, August 2.

They were seen by bystanders at the location, while other clips appeared to show a man and a woman allegedly bonking at Bold Street and on a Merseyrail train.

Cousins, 35, is also set to appear in Liverpool magistrates' court on Tuesday, September 20, charged with the same offence.

She was charged on Friday, August 5 and Firby was arrested on August 8 by Northumbria Police on behalf of Merseyside police, LiverpoolEcho reports.

Liverpool Mayor Joanne Anderson expressed her frustration at the situation when she said: "I am extremely shocked and concerned at videos circulating showing acts of indecent exposure and sexual activity in our city. This isn’t amusing – it’s disturbing, damaging and an illegal act.

"It also sets a dangerous precedent for the young women and men of our city. Let me be clear – this is a criminal offence. Acts of indecent behaviour in public places in Liverpool is simply unacceptable and will not be tolerated. I have spoken with Merseyside Police and requested immediate and appropriate action."

The Merseyside Police Liverpool Community Policing team’s superintendent, Diane Pownall, said: "We would urge people to refrain from sharing the video on social media and instead report anything they know about the video, or those involved, to us so that we can investigate.

"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."

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