Preston city centre ground to a halt on Tuesday evening as England fans celebrate the victory over Colombia.Advertisement
Gareth Southgate’s side went through to the World Cup quarter-finals after a tense victory over the South Americans on penalties.
Footage has emerged of hundreds of England fans celebrating in the centre of Preston and blocking Fishergate and Lancaster Road junctions.
On a balmy summers evening the fans were in good spirits and one fan is seen letting off a flare while being sat on someone’s shoulders.
Never mind this was the scene on the streets of London @BBCNews @BBCLancashire @blogpreston @prestoncouncil this was the scene on the streets of Preston #getbehindtheboys #teamlearningandgrowing #bringiton pic.twitter.com/OTnNztHCz9
— Stuart Clayton (@StuartClayton7) July 4, 2018
Lancashire Police issued a reminder before the World Cup for football fans to ‘not get carried away in the heat of the moment’.
Preston Police said they were deployed to the scene but made no arrests.
Supt Julian Platt, of Lancashire Constabulary, said: “We want people to enjoy the World Cup responsibly and the vast majority of people will do that but I want to reassure our communities that any crime linked with the World Cup, be that domestic abuse, alcohol induced violence or drink or drug driving will simply not be tolerated.”
Preston currently has no outdoor big screen provision for watching the games, unlike many other cities and towns across the UK.
Preston Guild Hall has been showing a number of the England games in its main hall.
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A spokeswoman for the city council said: “We don’t currently have any plans to have a big screen in the city centre, but there are some great places in and around the city to catch the game and atmosphere.”