Scotland fans help with Leicester Square clean up after Euros celebrations

19 June 2021, 13:31 | Updated: 19 June 2021, 19:12

Scotland fans also helped with the clean up on Friday
Scotland fans also helped with the clean up on Friday. Picture: PA

By Kate Buck

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.

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.

A huge clear-up operation in in place following yesterday's Scotland v. England match
A huge clear-up operation in in place following yesterday's Scotland v. England match. Picture: Getty

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.

Read more: 30 arrests after hundreds of Scotland fans party all night after England draw

Others kicked footballs, some held aloft bottles of alcohol and many belted out the Scottish national anthem and chanted "No Scotland, no party".

The 147-year-old statue was left filthy in the aftermath
The 147-year-old statue was left filthy in the aftermath. Picture: Getty
Fans were seen climbing it on Friday night
Fans were seen climbing it on Friday night. Picture: PA

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.

Clear up After Football Fans Run Amok In Central London
Clear up After Football Fans Run Amok In Central London. Picture: Getty

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."