Man admits shooting firework at Liver building amid Liverpool title celebrations

A man has taken responsibility for the firework which set fire to the historic Liver building amid Liverpool's title celebrations.

Matthew Egglesden, 19, from West Lancashire, was charged with arson relating to the incident on June 26.

Liverpool had been confirmed as Premier League champions the night before after Man City's defeat to Chelsea, sparking raucous scenes across the city.

Revellers had gathered at Pier Head less than 24 hours after the title triumph, during which a firework struck the Liver building, setting it on fire.

Egglesden appeared in Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday and admitted to the charge, as reports the Echo.

He was supported by his family in court, as defending lawyer Simon Driver said: "He accepts deliberately firing a rocket in the direction of the building and being reckless."

The total cost of the damage is yet to be determined while a victim impact statement will be sought.

Egglesden also faces another charge of throwing a firework in the street, for which he is due to appear at a separate hearing at Magistrates Court.

For now he has been released on bail with regards to the arson charge, but must return to Crown Court for sentencing next month.

The celebrations at Pier Head caused havoc in the city as police made 14 arrests on the night.

Liverpool Football Club condemned the nights events in a joint statement with Liverpool City Council and Merseyside Police.

The statement, issued the following day, said: "Several thousand people turned up at the Pier Head on Friday June 26 and some chose to ignore the social distancing guidance and risk public safety.

"Our city is still in a public health crisis and this behaviour is wholly unacceptable.

"When it is safe to do so, we will all work together to arrange a victory parade when everyone can come together to celebrate.

"Until that time, the safety of our city and our people continues to be our number one priority."

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