A police chief has issued a warning to Doncaster football fans, after revellers let off flares on a busy Doncaster town centre street as crowds celebrated England's victory over Wales.
Flares were discharged and traffic was brought to standstill on Silver Street yesterday afternoon as hundreds of cheering fans congregated in the middle of the road, following the conclusion of England's second group stage match
Videos and pictures taken by onlookers on the scene showed how one fan had climbed on top of a 76 First Service bus that had been forced to stop as a result of the crowds of people.
Other fans were also seen taking off their shirts and climbing on top of bus stops on Silver Street.
Free Press reader Ann Drea said one of the flares let off in the street during the post-match celebrations landed underneath her grandson’s pushchair and ‘burst into life’.
She said: “Luckily he was not hurt. Where were the police?”
Superintendent Colin McFarlane, force lead for antisocial behaviour and violent crime, said he wanted to send a message to Doncaster fans, ahead of Monday night's match between England and Slovakia.
He said: “Setting off flares is dangerous and puts lives at risk.
“Anyone found to be committing this act will be dealt with.”
He added: “As we approach England’s final game in the group stages, I would urge fans to think carefully about their behaviour during and after the match.
“While we don’t want to prevent people from enjoying themselves, criminal damage and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and could result in you being arrested.
“We ask that you don’t put yourself or others at risk by allowing alcohol to impair your judgement and, or increase the risk of your behaviour becoming aggressive and anti-social.
“Committing antisocial behaviour or a violent crime could lead to a fine, a criminal behaviour order or even a prison sentence.
“Being drunk is not an excuse for criminal behaviour and you will be dealt with in the same way as any other offender.”
Police were called out to Silver Street at around 4.15pm on Thursday afternoon to reports of crowds walking into oncoming traffic.
Officers closed the busy town centre road for around half an hour as they attempted to make Silver Street safe for motorists and pedestrians.
Buses and traffic was diverted during this time.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said no arrests were made and no investigations have been launched into the post-match celebrations.
Members of the public are advised to always call 999 in an emergency or if a crime is in progress.
For non-emergencies, please call 101 or report an incident online at southyorks.police.uk/reportcrime.
For more information on antisocial behaviour please visit southyorks.police.uk/antisocialbehaviour.
Video courtesy of Free Press reader, Anton Fratila.