Anger as Paul Gascoigne - 'Gazza' - seen in Whitby and Bridlington, ignoring social distancing and posing for photos
Fury has erupted after footballing legend Paul Gascoigne was spotted in Whitby and Bridlington supermarkets.
There have been reports on social media and in the national press of the 52-year-old - known as Gazza - apparently ignoring social distancing guidance to pose for pictures with fans.
Earlier this month, Gazza was reported to be living in Salford, Greater Manchester.
But he was seen in Morrisons on Bessingby Road, Bridlington, last Thursday and in Sainsbury’s on Stainsacre Lane, Whitby, the following day.
North Yorkshire County Councillor for Whitby Streonshalh Joe Plant said he has been flooded with calls from angry residents.
Some have told Councillor Plant that Gazza was buying a barbecue and staying in a caravan.
“People are absolutely furious about it,” he said. “Why does he think he’s the exception to the rule?
“The majority of people have been looking after each other, making huge sacrifices and trying to follow the Governemnt rules.
“Then you’ve got someone who comes into Whitby and treats it like a holiday.
“It’s an absolute disgrace.
“I reported him to the police and our MP. I’m sure other people did the same thing.”
Councillor Plant thanked everyone who is doing their bit by following the Government advice.
He added his thanks to key workers including the NHS, care staff and refuse collectors who are doing “an amazing job”.
Gascoigne was part of the England team that reached fourth place in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, where he famously cried after receiving a yellow card in the semi-final with West Germany.
He also helped the team to the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 1996.
He earned 57 caps during his England career.
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