A Scottish woman, two Englishmen and a Singaporean accused of smashing up an ambulance car after an England World Cup match have appeared in court.
Larissa Bell, 21, a waitress from East Kilbride, was allegedly pictured on top of the wrecked emergency vehicle after England beat Sweden 2-0 in the World Cup quarter-final ties in Russia on Saturday July 7th.
Bell, wearing a black trouser suit, thick rimmed glasses and a necklace, appeared at Camberwell Magistrates’ Court in south London today (THUR) charged with criminal damage.
The court heard a total of £6,867.42p damage was caused to the vehicle, and it had to be taken out of service for 34 days because of the damage.
Bell appeared in the dock alongside Kangyue Jian, 27, of Poplar, east London, James Elton, 27, of West Hampstead, north west London, and Scott Dennett, 25, of Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire, appeared charged with the same offence.
Bell and Dennett did not indicate pleas during the 15-minute hearing, while Elton and Jian both pleaded not guilty.
Dami Eniola, prosecuting, said: “England had won the match that day and, as a result, thousands of people gathered outside to watch the match and support England.
“After the match the crowd started moving to Borough Market on to Southwark Street.”
She said during the celebrations police asked the driver of the ambulance car to park it in the road.
Miss Eniola said: “She looked around the area and she saw a member of the public stumble in front and he had a head wound and she went to provide him with medical assistance.
“During that time the final whistle went for the game. Members of the public surrounded the vehicle.”
She added: “There were individuals jumping on top of it, this caused damage to the wing mirror of the ambulance.
“The bonnet was dented, the windshield was smashed, essentially it was dented.
“In total seven people were caught by social media footage to be seen on the vehicle on the car and the bonnet.”
The court was told some people from social media were not identified but police arrested and questioned the four defendants.
Miss Eniola said: “The vehicle was severely damaged, it was out of service for 34 days.”
After the vehicle was forced out of service for repairs as ambulance bosses said the vandalism “put a dampener” on the cup celebrations.
But football fans rallied to raise cash for the repairs, with Millwall supporters alone pulling together £10,000.
A Skoda dealership also offered to repair the vehicle free-of-charge, so the money raised went instead towards restoring a historic ambulance.
Miss Eniola said the criminal damage charge has a starting point of 12 weeks in prison and all defendants were of “good character.”
Chair of the bench Finola Gowers bailed the four to appear at Inner London Crown Court in January.
By Lewis Pennock
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