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Scotland fans help with Leicester Square clean up after Euros celebrations
19 June 2021, 13:31 | Updated: 19 June 2021, 19:12
Some Scotland fans returned to Leicester Square on Saturday to help clean up after it was left filthy following the country's Euro 2020 match against England.
Crowds of Scotland fans descended on London for Friday night's match at Wembley, which ended goalless.
Despite pleas from local authorities to avoid unorganised mass gatherings to keep the spread of Covid-19 at bay, hundreds packed Leicester Square to take part in celebrations.
Videos posted on social media show Scotland fans helping with the clean up on Saturday.
“I’ve come to clean, not to do interviews.” One Scotsman just wanted to get on with cleaning up. He didn’t mind me filming him but didn’t want to do an interview.... Fair enough lad! #EUROS2020 #EnglandvsScotland #ScotlandvsEngland #eng #sco pic.twitter.com/KlEtZi92HW— Frankie McCamley (@Frankie_Mack) June 19, 2021
The world-famous Shakespeare statue had been left filthy after some fans were seen climbing on and sitting on it, leaving muddy footprints over the marble statue, which has been the centre piece of the gardens since 1874.
The water of the fountain is filled with beer cans and rubbish.
Red flares were set off as crowds congregated at the square after the scoreless draw, with many fans wearing kilts and draped in Scotland flags singing and cheering in the popular tourist spot.
Others kicked footballs, some held aloft bottles of alcohol and many belted out the Scottish national anthem and chanted "No Scotland, no party".
The Met said officers entered Leicester Square at about 12.45am and encouraged those still at the scene to leave the area, with the square finally cleared by 1.15am.
The Met Police have said 30 people were arrested across London yesterday.
The force added 25 of the arrests were in central London while five people were arrested in the vicinity of Wembley.
Scotland Yard said in a tweet: "13 arrests were for public order offences, 6 for drunk and disorderly, 4 for assault on police, 3 for assault, 2 related to Class A drugs and one each for breaching a dispersal order and breaching a banning order."
London Mayor Sadiq Khan thanked those you complied with the orders of the police in a tweet.
He said: "Thank you to all the fans who complied with Met officers as they engaged with crowds yesterday and into last 'night.
To our @metpoliceuk @BTPLondon @TfL and all emergency service staff who work around the clock to keep London safe: we are grateful for your service to our city."