April 23 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, August 15, 2013
More than 10,000 beer cans have been cleared from Trafalgar Square during an ‘almighty clean-up’ after kilt-clad Scottish football fans descended on London ahead of last night’s match against England.
Westminster City Council said it worked round the clock to clear the square of two-tonnes worth of rubbish, as well as finding ‘one or two weary Scotsmen’ this mornming after their team lost 3-2.
The clean-up operation began at 6.30pm yesterday with a team of 20 workers using 18-tonne rubbush trucks, street-sweepers and cleaning buggies, completing the work at 8.30am.
Westminster Council’s cabinet member for city management, Councillor Ed Argar, said: “This was one almighty clean up. Our crews worked hard around the clock to get London back to normal for our residents and businesses this morning.
“I’m glad to say it is Westminster 1, litter 0.”
The two teams met for the first time this century at Wembley Stadium last night, with around 25,000 Scotland supporters travelling to London for the match.
At least 2,500 of them, sporting kilts, big grins and the odd ginger wig, covered walls with the blue and white Saltire flag in the shadow of Nelson’s Column.
Washing-up liquid was added to the water in the fountains as the supporters spent the day partying.
The Metropolitan Police said there were two arrests at the match, one for drunk and disorderly behaviour and the other for public disorder.
A fan was also arrested for drunkenly dancing naked in a fountain in Trafalgar Square yesterday afternoon.
Two people were also taken to hospital with head injuries after paramedics were called to Trafalgar Square, the London Ambulance Service said.
A spokeswoman said they were told there had been a ‘fall from heights’ in the area of Nelson’s Column.
She said a man in his 40s suffering from head injuries and back pain was taken to St Thomas’s Hospital ‘as a priority’.
A second man, who was less seriously injured, was admitted to the same hospital, and four others were treated at the scene for injuries.
The spokeswoman could not confirm if those involved were Scotland supporters.