Punters in a pub that was illegally serving alcohol during the lockdown were found hiding in a wardrobe.

They were nabbed huddling in a flat above the Sheffield pub when the coronavirus pandemic was at its peak.

Police also found another drinker hiding behind the door at the Pitsmoor Hotel on April 24 during the raid.

In a bodycam video, landlord Paul Greasby’s ex is heard in the background: “Do you not think you’re doing something wrong, Paul?”

He replied: “No, because it’s a load of s***.”

Police found the group huddled in a wardrobe in a flat above the pub

Police also carried out a raid on another pub in the South Yorkshire city – the Staffordshire Arms – where they said punters had appeared “intoxicated”.

The boozer busts came following tip-offs that they were serving alcohol on the sly.

The landlord now does not have the right to sell booze

Mr Greasy was slapped with a prohibition notice by Sheffield city council’s licensing committee, which means he lost his right to sell booze.

The development comes as pubs across England prepare to open their doors for the first time in months this weekend.

It is estimated about 6.5 million drinkers will head to the pub this weekend for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic sparked a national shutdown, the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBRE) said.

That's 1.5million more people than would visit bars during a standard July weekend.

The CEBR estimates that each punter will buy an extra 2.1 pints of beer or 1.9 glasses of wine, The Sun reports.

Punters will return to pubs across England from Saturday

Wetherspoons has announced that every one of its 750 English pubs will be open from 8am on Saturday.

Chairman Tim Martin tried to reassure customers last week by saying that his venues have been made safer amid fears about Covid-19 transmission.

British Beer and Pub Association boss Emma McClarkin welcomed the reopening of pubs but also urged people to obey new rules to protect customers.