Police have been criticised for letting thousands of football fans party on the streets despite the pandemic.
Scenes of Scotland supporters gathering en masse in Leicester Square have been contrasted with the heavy-handed approach seen at other events including the vigil held in memory of Sarah Everard in March.
Angry campaigners have been quick to point out the differences in policing the two sets of crowds, with the Met favouring a much more hands-off approach last night.
Lockdown rules have been significantly relaxed in the three months between the events but gatherings of more than 30 are still banned and cases are higher now than they were in March.
Police arrested 30 fans during the course of the evening but mostly for offences including being drunk and disorderly and assaulting police.
Officers eventually cleared the square at 12.45am, during which time the majority of fans had already gone home.
The Met said its officers were ‘on the scene’ and ‘engaging with the crowd’ throughout the day.
A tweet sent just before the match kicked off said: ‘Police are continuing to engage with the crowd in Leicester Sq. to remind them the pandemic is still ongoing and of the need to social distance to keep themselves and others safe.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted the force for further comment.
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