This is the moment a furious local rips into a couple who drove 180 miles to stay at an Airbnb despite clear orders to avoid all non-essential travel.

The man shows up at the doorstep of the house in Snowdownia, Wales and demands to know why they made the trip ahead of the Easter weekend during the coronavirus lockdown. He says: ‘How dare you come to this village and dare spread this, there’s a lot of old people here and sick people. Do you not watch the news and see people dying out there from this thing?’

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But the landlady says the couple had been kicked out of their home in Oxford because of the pandemic and asked her for a place to stay. As the pair claim they are renting the property in the village Penmachno the local says: ‘No you’re not, you’ve come up in the lockdown. Coronavirus – you know what’s going on don’t you?

In the video which surfaced on Facebook on Monday, he tells them the police have been informed and ordered them not to leave the house because they are ‘under quarantine’. The man adds: ‘You shouldn’t even be here.’

When the next door neighbour tries to defuse the situation, the local says: ‘No it’s not okay fella, it’s not okay, this is where my family’s from, right I’ve got a lot of old aunties and uncles. No, get in the house, don’t come out, the police have been informed, you will be leaving.’

The property’s owner Adelaide Martin said she was ‘shocked’ by the local’s ‘aggressive’ outburst.

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Speaking to Welsh current affairs show Byd ar Bedware, she said: ‘There’s a young couple staying there, they come from Oxford, they asked me Friday.

‘They were in a sticky situation, they’d lost their accommodation due to the coronavirus, they’d been chucked out of their accommodation and they went through Airbnb and asked me if they could stay for a month because they literally had nowhere to go.’

Airbnb has now blocked UK properties from accepting new bookings from Thursday up to at least April 18 unless they are for key workers.

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Hosts across the across the country can still offer their homes to NHS staff and frontline carers through the firm’s Open Homes platform.

The emergency housing initiative, first set up in 2012, hopes to help 100,000 healthcare professionals, relief workers, and first responders find a place to stay as they battle the coronavirus pandemic across the world.

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