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WATCH: Telford man videos England fan celebrating on top of a BUS

By Ian Harvey | Telford | News | Published:

A football fan clambers on top of a bus to celebrate England's World Cup quarter final victory over Sweden.

The fan on the bus in Wolverhampton

A Twitter user from Telford, who asked not to be identified, captured the scene in the centre of Wolverhampton after England qualified for their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years.

Watch the video:

Fan celebrates on top of bus

He tweeted:

It comes as emergency services elsewhere condemned damage caused by over-enthusiastic England supporters to an ambulance, and West Midlands Police revealed they had their busiest ever day for emergency calls.

In London an ambulance service vehicle was had to be taken out of service after fans danced on it, sparking outrage.

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Also in London, a fan came a cropper after dancing on top of a double decker bus but then took a nasty fall when he jumped down on to a bus shelter.

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West Midlands Police said it took the highest ever volume of 999 calls in its history on Saturday, with 3,276 calls for emergency police assistance in just 24 hours. The force blamed a mixture of the hot weather, World Cup and alcohol.

West Mercia Police also reported increased demand.

Chief Superintendent Kevin Purcell, policing lead for Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin tweeted: "Yesterday’s combination of hot weather, England game and alcohol created a significant demand. We are working through that demand via @WestMerciaOCC this will take some time today. Please be patience, our control staff our prioritising on the basis threat, harm and risk."

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Elsewhere in the country, emergency services hit out at the “disgraceful” minority of England fans who marked the team’s passage to the World Cup semi-finals with disorder.

Sergeant Wayne Baker, with West Yorkshire Police, tweeted his disgust after pictures emerged of revellers dancing on top of an ambulance in central London.

He wrote: “When I see behaviour like this it makes me anything but proud to be English .... You are a total disgrace. As for our National Football Team ... that does make me proud to be English!”

London Ambulance Service published images of the damage to the vehicle.

They wrote: “We’re delighted with the result, but this has put a big dampener on the celebrations for us: while our officer attended a call nearby, this car was damaged in Borough High Street during the celebrations after the game, it’s now off the road to be repaired.”

A spokesman for the Met said there had not been a spike in call-outs, despite the hysteria following England’s victory over Sweden.

The match was held on the same weekend as the London Pride Parade, Wireless Festival and British Summertime Hyde Park, which brought swathes of tourists to the capital.

Videos posted to social media saw huge crowds fill the streets in cities across the country after the team made it through to the World Cup semi-finals.

In Nottingham, a group of supporters were seen dancing on top of a bus shelter, while other clips from Manchester and Birmingham showed people on top of buses with their shirts off.

Footage from Clapham, south London, sees a fan plunge through a glass bus stop roof after leaping from the top of a double-decker bus.

In one video, a car can be seen with a smashed roof and windscreen in Nottingham.

A crowd of supporters were also filmed rushing into an Ikea in Stratford, east London, dancing on the furniture and kicking items around.

An Ikea spokeswoman said: “We are aware of a small group of fans celebrating the match result in one of our stores.

“Being both British and Swedish, we were on the edge of our seats during the game and we would like to say ‘Grattis!’ (that’s congratulations in Swedish) to the England team for getting through to the semi-finals.”

England will meet Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday evening. They will play either France or Belgium in the final, held on Sunday, should they get there.

Ian Harvey

By Ian Harvey
@IanHarvey_Star

Shropshire Star Internet Editor based at the head office in Ketley, Telford

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