Man arrested on suspicion of arson as firework sets fire to Liverpool’s Liver Building, causing ‘at least £10,000 worth of damage’

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Man arrested on suspicion of arson as firework sets fire to Liverpool’s Liver Building, causing ‘at least £10,000 worth of damage’

A man has been charged with assault while another arrested on suspicion of arson after a night of disorder in Liverpool’s city centre.

Reds fans ignored social distancing guidelines as thousands gathered on the streets after a first league title in 30 years was sealed following Manchester City’s 2-1 defeat at Chelsea.

Liverpool fans’ celebrations at winning the Premier League quickly turned sour

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Liverpool fans’ celebrations at winning the Premier League quickly turned sour

The celebrations later took a turn for the worse with Liverpool’s iconic Liver Building catching fire which was started by a firework.

A man, 19, has since been arrested on suspicion of arson which has caused at least £10,000 worth of damage, according to the Liverpool ECHO.

The male has been taken to a police station on Merseyside where he will be questioned by detectives.

A second man, 26 has been charged with assault after another man suffered serious head injuries at the mass gathering.

Craig Campbell, of Kirkdale, Liverpool, will appear at Liverpool City Magistrates Court on Monday for the assault of a 32-year-old man from St Helens.

The celebrations were initially peaceful despite being a violation of government guidelines on social distancing.

However, they descended into chaos in the night time on Friday as smaller elements of the crowd became violent.

Groups of men were filmed climbing a lorry and then kicking and pelting a police van in the area around Castle Street and Brunswick Street in the early hours of Saturday morning.

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Around 15 people were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder as Liverpool FC, Merseyside Police, the City Council and Mayor Joe Anderson issued a joint statement condemning the violence.

Fans and volunteers helped council officials clean up the huge amounts of mess that was left behind at the city’s Pier Head on Saturday morning.

Reports have since emerged that Liverpool face the prospect of a ban from Anfield if fans don’t stop celebrating in the streets, meaning Reds captain Jordan Henderson could lift the trophy at a neutral ground.


Published at Sun, 28 Jun 2020 10:50:23 +0000

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