Shocking video appears to show grinning Liverpool fan snorting line of cocaine from police officer's hat during Premier League title celebrations as 19-year-old is charged with firework attack on Liver Building

Новини за 30.06.2020
  • A video emerged appearing to show a Liverpool fan snorting cocaine from a police officer's hat during celebrations after they won the Premier League 

  • A 19-year-old has been charged after a firework struck the Liver Building 

  • Police officers had missiles thrown at them as they tried to disperse a crowd of football supporters at Pier Head in Liverpool as they celebrated the title win

  • Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson shared a video of violence which broke out

  • Merseyside police confirmed they made 15 arrests on the evening on grounds ranging from public order offences and drunk and disorderly to affray 

  • If you have information on the violence call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

A shocking video has emerged which appears to show a Liverpool fan snorting white powder off a the hat of a police officer during celebrations to mark their first Premier League title.

Large crowds gathered at Pier Head in the city centre to celebrate Liverpool winning their first league title in 30 years.

There were clashes with police and fireworks were thrown at the Liver Building but a video has since surfaced which shows a small group of grinning supporters showing off the hat which has a line of white powder on the top. 

Two of the group snort the powder with one identified as 'Joe' in the clip which was posted on Twitter.   

The video emerged after a 19-year-old was charged for throwing a firework at the Liver Building on a night when Merseyside police officers were struck by missiles and pushed to the ground by Liverpool supporters as ugly scenes broke out in the city centre on Friday.

Matthew Egglesden, 19, has been charged by police for causing criminal damage after a firework was thrown from Pier Head and exploded on collision with the building. 

He is scheduled to appear at Liverpool Magistrates court on Monday and the police are now stepping up their efforts to identify others who were involved in violent clashes with officers on the ground.  

Liverpool clinched their first league title in 30 years on Thursday night and on Friday, more than 1,000 people gathered at Pier Head in the city centre to continue the celebrations, only for violence to overshadow the gathering.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson shared a video of the violence and said that 300 fans 'fought for over two hours' with police before it all subsided in the early hours of Saturday morning.  

In a statement released on Saturday, Chief Constable Andy Cooke said: 'One man was arrested for assault after another man suffered head injuries. The injured male was taken to hospital where he remains in a serious condition. Two officers also suffered minor injuries after missiles were thrown at them by people in the crowd.

'The crowds dispersed from the Pier Head at around 1:30am. But soon after there were reports of further crowd issues in other parts of the city centre. Officers intervened but again missiles were thrown at them.

'In total 15 people, at the Pier Head and in the city centre, were arrested for various offences including public order offences, drunk and disorderly and affray.'

The gatherings, which included a huge gathering outside Anfield on Thursday night after the league title was confirmed, have been condemned with a frustration at the disregard for social distancing rules amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

'I cannot stress enough that these gatherings put an unnecessary strain on our emergency services and could mean that we might not be able to get to other people who really need us,' Cooke added. 

'In the coming days we will be reviewing CCTV and Body Worn Camera footage to identify those involved in criminal and anti social behaviour and we will be issuing images through the media to find those responsible. I would urge anyone who has any information about those involved to contact us. 

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