Did England fans celebrate their World Cup win too much?


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Some England fans were jumping on ambulances, taxis and other vehicles after the win

After England made it through to a first World Cup semi-final for 28 years, inevitably there were wild celebrations from long-suffering fans.

However, police officers and the public have criticised some supporters after cars and other property were damaged in the wake of the 2-0 win over Sweden in Samara.

An ambulance car was danced on in London, and a taxi suffered a similar fate in Nottingham.

A branch of Ikea was also targeted.

“We are aware of a small group of fans celebrating the match result in one of our stores,” the company tweeted.

“Being both British and Swedish, we were on the edge of our seats during the game and we would like to say ‘grattis!’.”

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If you realise that you’re not able to celebrate an England win without breaking stuff or scaring the living daylights out of people or generally behaving like a complete numpty, the rest of us would be grateful if you just stayed indoors…#ItsComingHome

— John Sutherland (@policecommander) July 8, 2018

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London Ambulance Service said one of its vehicles was damaged by celebrating fans along Borough High Street, with the car now requiring repairs.

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We’re delighted with the result, but this has put a big dampener on the celebrations for us: while our officer attended a call nearby, this car was damaged in Borough High Street during the celebrations after the game – it’s now off the road to be repaired. pic.twitter.com/V71kOEn4OO

— London Ambulance (@Ldn_Ambulance) July 7, 2018

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Smoke bombs were let off inside pubs, while large crowds blocked roads and tram lines, causing traffic disruption.

Police also reported dealing with a greater number of incidents, with West Midlands Police receiving its highest-ever number of 999 calls over a 24-hour period.

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“Interesting fact. We have had double the amount of police logs today than what we had on New Year’s Eve,” said Dan Brenchley from Devon and Cornwall Police.

Images of fans celebrating by jumping on cars drew strong responses on social media, with many calling for the culprits to be identified.

Other fans were happy to soak in the atmosphere and savour the occasion of a famous win.



Source : https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-44756829

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