Gateshead man charged after Liverpool Concert Square sex video goes viral

Joe Firby from Gateshead was pictured having sex in public in a viral video

A Gateshead man has been charged after a viral video of him and a woman having sex in Liverpool caught police attention.

Working on behalf of Merseyside Police, Northumbria Police tracked down 23-year-old Joe Firby and took him into custody on Monday.

The woman in the video, 35-year-old Kelly Cousins from Bootle, was charged and banned from Liverpool city centre on Friday. She is believed to be an OnlyFans star.

In the video, the two are seen having sex at the busy Concert Square in Liverpool.

Concert Square in Liverpool (Image: Google Streetview)

Other clips have also emerged showing the pair appearing to have sex on Bold Street and on a Merseyrail train service.

The incident prompted the Mayor of Liverpool, Joanne Anderson, to express her ‘extreme shock and concern’ at the video circulating online.

She said: "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.”

Opinion on the video was split online, with some Liverpool locals suggesting that officials concentrate on issues such as knife crime, rather than the couple bonking in the city centre.

Merseyside Police confirmed they were taking the incident - and any others like it - very seriously.

Detective Inspector Neil Dillon said: “This swift arrest shows that such behaviour simply will not be tolerated on Merseyside.

“I would continue to urge people to refrain from sharing the video on social media and instead report anything they know to us directly, so that we can take action.”