Following the winning of the Premier League title for the first time on Thursday night after the then champions were beaten by Chelsea, despite the corona virus still being a treat globally, the Merseyside-red fans took to the streets of Liverpool to celebrate winning the trophy for first time in their history hereby ending their thirty years drought of not winning the English Premier League title.
The Merseyside police issue a dispersal order for the city after the Liverpool fans set off fireworks and flares which led to a small fire at the balcony of the Liver building, the fire was put out by the Merseyside Fire and Rescue service.
Andy Cooke, chief constable of Merseyside Police said on social media that 15 people were arrested on Friday night, and that officers were “subjected to a number of violent confrontations”.
“[Friday] night, children and families were present alongside others and heavy-handed police intervention was therefore not appropriate at the time,” he said. “Later on in the night, 15 people were arrested for violent disorder and my officers were subjected to a number of violent confrontations. This is not acceptable. In relation to those who have been involved in criminal or anti-social behavior in the city last night we will be looking at CCTV images and video from body-worn cameras to identify those responsible and we will take positive action.”
A joint statement issued by Liverpool FC, Merseyside Police, Liverpool City Council and Spirit of Shankly read: “During the evening the over exuberance of some of those in attendance, who were setting off flares and fireworks, resulted in a small fire on a balcony of the Liver building which had to be put out by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.
“We cannot stress enough that behavior such as this is wholly unacceptable and those who were setting off fireworks and flares in the crowd were putting the safety of those around them at risk.
“Clearly we are still in a public health crisis and we need to work together with the public of Merseyside to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.
“The potential danger of a second peak still exists and we need to work together to make sure we don’t undo everything we have achieved as a region during lock down.
“The government has made it clear this week that if people continue to ignore guidelines around mass gatherings, whether they be at beaches or beauty spots, or for celebrations like we saw last night and the night before in Liverpool, then they have the ability to close down public spaces and will close areas if necessary.
“We all understand that fans want to celebrate, but now is not the time. We need to get through this first, and know that it is safe, before any victory parade can go ahead.”
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