Booze-fuelled photos reveal chaotic side of drinkers on Swansea's Wind Street
SCENES of drunken revellers on Swansea's Wind Street have sparked calls for the city to clean up its act.
The images of dishevelled partygoers stealing a plant, caught in drunken clinches in doorways and staggering around the city street, have led to concerns over escalating antisocial behaviour.
The photographs can be viewed on several popular national websites.
People across the UK have commented on them.
One said those pictured were taking the "great" out of Great Britain.
One bar owner says Wind Street is now only an attraction for those aged 18 to 25. He says licensing hours urgently need to be looked at.
Former city centre ambassador Richard Lewis said he believed drinks promotions were adding to the problems. He said: "It's behaviour that's not acceptable — there's no excuse.
"A lot of people will be intimidated by this antisocial behaviour.
"One has to look at Swansea City being in the Premier Division and people in Holland and South Korea are following the club — it's a huge achievement for Wales.
"These images then raise questions that it's a Wild West town."
He added: "I feel the drinking these days is to excess and the hospitals have to deal with these problems.
"I would shorten the opening hours.
"When you go down to The Kingsway there are special offers — it's like a supermarket offering three chickens for the price of two.
"Personally, I think the licensing laws need to take a far tougher stand."
He said he believed the situation in Wind Street was drawing the police away from different areas, including Gower, over the weekend posing problems elsewhere.
"Swansea is worse off with Wind Street, particularly on a Friday and Saturday along with the bank holiday," he added.
"All the policing is in the town and they have a terrible problem."
Ian Feeney-King, owner of the Cross Keys in St Mary's Street, Swansea, said problems with antisocial behaviour was driving some people away from Wind Street.
He said: "It's worse in the sense that there's more of an aggressive atmosphere.
"You have young people whose idea of a good time is an older generation's view of anti-social behaviour.
"Late licensing does not help. My own personal view is that premises should be pubs or clubs."
He added: "People are pre-fuelling on cheap supermarket booze and you get an influx of people in the city centre getting drunk."
Mr Feeney-King said changes to the smoking legislation had led more people to pour out on to the streets to light up which made crowds of people harder to control.
"Some of the biggest problems are people urinating everywhere because people just don't care," he added.
The images have been released on different websites. Visitors have commented that the revellers were showing "disgusting behaviour".