England fans ‘celebrated’ the nation’s World Cup quarter final victory over Sweden by smashing an ambulance and storming an IKEA store.
Jubilant supporters rejoiced in the streets across the country on Saturday to mark England’s best tournament performance for 28 years.
Footage and pictures shared on social media showed people climbing lampposts and on top of vehicles following the result, with some police forces recording the highest amount of emergency calls ever in one day.
In London, one man scaled a double decker bus outside Clapham Junction station before he was filmed jumping onto a bus shelter, which smashed under his weight.
In Borough, an ambulance was taken out of service after its bonnet and windscreen were damaged when people climbed on the emergency vehicle as crowds disrupted traffic.
London Ambulance Service tweeted: “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 Met Police spokeswoman said detectives were investigating but no arrests had been made.
The spokesperson said the force was not aware of other “significant” incidents following the match.
Rowdy fans also stormed an IKEA store in Stratford, east London, where they jumped on furniture while singing “Football’s Coming Home”.
An IKEA spokesperson tweeted: “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.”
Another man was pictured climbing a lamppost near London Bridge station.
Thousands of 999 calls were taken across the West Midlands, which police confirmed was a record number of reports.
The force tweeted: “Yesterday we took the highest ever volume of 999 calls in our history. 3,276 calls for emergency police
assistance in just 24 hours. It’s a mix of the sun, #WorldCup & alcohol. It it’s not an emergency don’t call 999.”
Assistant Chief Constable of Lancashire Police, Terry Woods, tweeted the force had dealt with record calls with 2,200 in 24 hours as demand “surged” after the England result.
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