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England vs Croatia: London ambulance crews called 300 times AN HOUR as raucous scenes break out after England crash out of World Cup

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 12/07/2018 Fiona Simpson

a group of people walking down a street © Provided by Independent Print Limited London ambulance crews were called 300 times in an hour as crowds of disappointed football fans spilled out onto the streets across London following England’s World Cup semi-final defeat.

One man was arrested as raucous scenes erupted in Shoreditch High Street, east London, after Croatia robbed England of a place in the World Cup final on Wednesday.

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Hundreds of fans were filmed blocking roads near Old Street station in a display of defiance despite the loss.

According to Craig Harman, general manager for London Ambulance Service, one person was taken to hospital after falling from a lamppost.

Other clips showed people clambering up traffic lights as blue lights flashed around them.

One man was arrested on suspicion of committing a public order offence.

England fans react after losing the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Hyde Park, London, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. © AP England fans react after losing the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Hyde Park, London, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. In Clapham Junction, crowds filled busy roads surrounding the station as people climbed onto nearby bus stops.

While some praised the party atmosphere despite the crushing end to England’s World Cup dreams other branded the scenes “scary” with a “bad atmosphere”.

John Stones (L) and Harry Maguire (R) of England object to referee Cuneyt Cakir (not seen) during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia semi final match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on July 11, 2018. © Getty John Stones (L) and Harry Maguire (R) of England object to referee Cuneyt Cakir (not seen) during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia semi final match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on July 11, 2018. One person wrote on Twitter: “So this was AFTER someone had already fallen from a traffic light and was laying on the floor covered in blood...” Another added: “Fans on the rampage in Shoreditch. Good decision to come home.”

Mr Harman said LAS had received in excess of 300 calls an hour following the game and reiterated an early plea by emergency services for fans to drink responsibly.

Fans look dejected at the end of the 2018 World Cup semi final match between Croatia and England in Russia, at an outdoor screen in Camden, London Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Croatia won 2-1. © AP Fans look dejected at the end of the 2018 World Cup semi final match between Croatia and England in Russia, at an outdoor screen in Camden, London Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Croatia won 2-1. He said: "Our 999 call demand dropped during the #EnglandCroatia game but we are now seeing demand increase. These include calls to fights outside pubs and to people who are drunk."

A Met Police spokesman told the Standard: “Police dealt with incidents of minor disorder in the areas of Shoreditch High Street and Clapham Junction following the conclusion of the England v Croatia game.

Women in a pub in Fulham react to play during the World Cup Semi-final between England and Croatia in London © Reuters Women in a pub in Fulham react to play during the World Cup Semi-final between England and Croatia in London “Officers attended and those in attendance dispersed.

“One male was arrested on suspicion of public order in relation to the incident in Shoreditch.”

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It comes after police launched a hunt to find revellers who damaged an ambulance at Borough Market during celebrations following England’s quarter final win over Sweden on Saturday.

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