DESPITE a wet and windy day New Year's Day motorists could hardly believe their eyes when they saw a naked man climbing out of a window at a former pub - while others were spotted streaking down the road.
The incident occurred at the recently refurbished Green Man, pictured, in Bottomhouse, which is now rented out for events, when revellers were seen streaking around the area.
One motorist, who did not want to be named, told the Post & Times: "I was travelling past the Green Man at around 10am on New Year's Day when a naked man climbed out of the window and then started to shimmer down a lamp post.
"A friend also saw two streakers running along the road in the same location at around 7am.
"It said in the planning application, which was submitted last year for an extension on the property, that the new owners were keen to revive the premises to its former glory, but this is deterioration.
"This was a public house, but it now seems to be just a big party venue. I reported the incident to the police who assured me that they would visit the establishment."
A police spokesman confirmed that they had received a complaint over the matter.
The spokesman added: "We have received a report that concerned three naked males, who were seen climbing through windows.
"Officers have attended the premises and given advice to people at the premises about their behaviour."
Ward district and parish councillor for the area, Linda Malyon, said the incidents were potentially dangerous.
She said: "These premises are situated on the junction of the very busy Leek to Ashbourne Road. What would have happened if these people had run in front of an oncoming driver. Who would have been at fault? This is also a respectful area used by a lot of vehicles with young children in. This behaviour is out of order.
"This was a public house and investigations are ongoing at looking to see if the premises have received permission for a change of use."
A spokesman for the owners of the venue said the behaviour was unacceptable.
He added: "We do not accept this kind of behaviour. When bookings are taken stipulation is made that the premises and the area are respected.
"We are very strict and have had very few incidents after years of being in the business.
"This was New Year's Day, so we hope this was a one off, but we will be talking to the police. The idea is for people to come to the area and enjoy it.
"This is something we do not want to see happen again."