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Liverpool fans set building on fire with firework

Liverpool fans have been accused after footage emerged stating that they had set a building on fire with a firework in a targeted attack.

A fire has broken out at the city’s iconic Liver Building as thousands of Reds supporters celebrated their club’s historic Premier League title win.

Footage of the blaze, which has been confirmed by emergency services, has been shared on social media.

Flames were seen coming from the listed building’s balcony just before 11pm on Friday evening, Liverpool Echo reports.

The cause is not yet clear, but fireworks were seen hitting the front of the building moments before.

Police quickly issued a dispersal order around the city centre and there are reports that a person has been stabbed.

A spokesman for Merseyside Police told Mirror Online inquiries are currently ongoing.

Fire crews rapidly brought the blaze under control, with a spokesperson for Merseyside Fire and Rescue saying: “We were alerted to a small fire on a patch of astroturf.

“Firefighters have dealt with the incident and the fire is now out.”

The crowds have been condemned by authorities and as celebrations continued for a second night, police have urged people not to gather.

Liverpool FC has also called on fans to celebrate safely amid the coronavirus pandemic, tweeting earlier: “Celebrate safely Reds and respect our city’s public health.”

Assistant Chief Constable Rob Carden said: “In the days ahead, we urge supporters to do the right thing and celebrate safely with members of your household and in your social bubble.

“By doing this you keep yourself, your family, friends and neighbours safe.

“As we all know, Merseyside has been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and we must all do what we can to prevent further cases and deaths in our communities.”

Liverpool City Council has branded the crowds “unacceptable” and appealed to fans earlier to keep a safe distance from others.

Posting via their Twitter, the authority said: “Celebrations are continuing into a second evening in Liverpool – but please remember that #COVID19 still poses a threat.

“It’s vital that you keep your distance from others who are not in your household.”

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo earlier, Mayor Anderson says he is now considering a curfew to stop people gathering in the city centre.

“We are becoming increasingly concerned about the situation in the city centre after thousands of fans gathered together again to celebrate Liverpool’s Premier League win,” he said.

“People are drinking and causing problems and we just want to make sure that everyone stays safe.

“Large gatherings like these are still not something the city needs as coronavirus continues to be a real risk for us here.

“But we also don’t want any incidents, fuelled by alcohol that could lead to anyone being hurt or involved with police.

“Tomorrow we will look again at what we can do to make sure people are kept safe and this doesn’t keep happening.

“Maybe a curfew could be put in place as police powers have already been upped in the city to deal with anti-social behaviour.”

A huge amount of users took to Twitter after seeing Liverpool fans set building on fire with a firework… so much so that ‘dickheads’ was trending!

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