By PA Media
Last updated: 29/06/20 14:43
A teenager appeared in court accused of causing £ 10,000 in damage to the Royal Liver Building with a firework launched during celebrations after Liverpool won the Premier League.
Matthew Egglesden, 19, of Scarisbrick, Lancashire, is accused of committing an arson attack with the intention of destroying or damaging the building or being reckless in doing so.
The fire damage to the historic building was among several incidents on Friday evening when thousands of fans gathered at Pier Head to mark the club by becoming champions of England for the first time in 30 years.
Thomas Hanlon, accusing, said on Monday that a firework hit the front of the building, fell and was then set on fire before it was extinguished by the fire department.
The glass was shattered and the damage was caused to a balcony on the first floor, the decking below and the walls, the Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard.
The full cost of the damage has yet to be confirmed and could increase, the court was told.
Videos of the fireworks downloaded to the building were shared on social media and the defendant’s family contacted the police to say he was a person described in the footage.
Christopher Mantle, in defense, said: “The family contacted the police on Saturday.
“He comes from a very respectable family. His father saw the image, recognized his son and collectively it was thought that they should immediately contact the police.”
He said no reason for the arson charge would be indicated at this stage. Egglesden also faces a second accusation of throwing a firework in a public place.
Mantle explained that the defendant admitted to having unloaded a firework, but the problem would be if his had been the firework that caused the damage.
District Judge Paul Healey determined that the case was too serious to be dealt with in the magistrates’ court after taking into account the historical nature of the Royal Liver Building, the general circumstances of the incident and the large group of people who were close to the time.
Egglesden, of Turning Lane, was released from custody on bail ahead of his upcoming appearance at Liverpool Crown Court on 27 July.
The bail conditions are that the accused must reside at his home address and not enter the city of Liverpool before the scheduled court date.