10,000 beer cans cleared in London16th August, 2013 by Andy Young
Around 10,000 beer cans have been cleared from London’s Trafalgar Square during a clean-up operation following Wednesday night’s England v Scotland football match.
Thousands of Scotland fans descended on Trafalgar Square before the friendly match at Wembley Stadium. Westminster Council said it was, “one almighty clean-up” and that “one or two weary Scotsmen” had been found in the square as well.
The council began the clean-up operation at 6.30pm on Wednesday with a team of 20 workers, and it was completed at around 8.30am on Thursday – clearing an estimated two tonnes of beer cans. Trucks, street sweepers and small cleaning buggies were all involved in the operation.
Leith Penny, Westminster City Council’s strategic director for city management, said: “This was one almighty clean-up. Our crews worked hard round the clock to get London back to normal for our residents and businesses this morning.
“I’m glad to say it is Westminster 1, litter 0.”
Scotland supporters travelled to London for the clash, that saw England pitted against the Scots for the first time in 14 years. The fans covered Trafalgar Square in Scotland flags and also added washing-up liquid to the fountains during the day-long party.
The Metropolitan Police said there were two arrests at the match – one for drunk and disorderly behaviour and the other for public disorder.
A fan was also arrested for drunkenly dancing naked in a fountain in Trafalgar Square.