Liverpool title celebrations continue; coronavirus “is still a real risk,” says Mayor Joe Anderson
Last updated: 27/06/20 00:07
Merseyside police issued a dispersal order for the city center after Liverpool fans gathered for a second night to celebrate winning their first Premier League title.
The order was issued pursuant to the 2014 Anti-Social Behavior Crime and Policing Act and will remain in effect until 28 June.
A Section 34 dispersion order was issued around Liverpool city center (seen on the map) under the ASB, Crime and Policing Act 2014 following large rallies in the area tonight. The order will be in effect until June 28th. pic.twitter.com/6BVSZzibKI
– Merseyside Police (@MerseyPolice) June 26, 2020
The crowd gathered outside Anfield on Thursday when Liverpool secured their first league title in 30 years, after closest Manchester City challengers were beaten by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Merseyside police made 10 public order crime arrests on Thursday evening during the celebrations.
Huge crowds of fans sang songs and unleashed rockets outside Anfield, causing police warnings concerned about mass gatherings that ignored social distance measures.
The celebrations continued 24 hours later when fans gathered in central Liverpool, despite Mayor Joe Anderson reiterating that the spread of the coronavirus was “still a real risk”.
Mayor Anderson tweeted: “I appreciate #LFC fans who want to celebrate, but please, for your safety and that of others, go home and celebrate at home. Covid-19 is still a serious risk and our city has already lost too many people to the disease. “
Metro mayor Steve Rotheram also switched to social media and said, “We are not saying they are party snipers, but hundreds of people have already died in our region from coronavirus. Until it is safe to we get together, please celebrate at home. “
We can’t move fans or act to stop them from gathering. We don’t have the power to do it.
If you know someone who is celebrating right now, please send them a message and ask them to take the celebration home. #LFC #Liverpool @LFC pic.twitter.com/QQTjh2WrL6
– Liverpoo1 9ity Council (@lpoolcouncil) June 26, 2020
Liverpool City Council responded to the events by stating, “We can’t move fans or act to stop them from gathering. We don’t have the power to do it.
“If you know someone who is celebrating right now, please send them a message and ask them to take the celebration home.”
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