Waitress who wrecked ambulance by dancing on top of it after England's World Cup win charged with criminal damage
21-year-old Larissa Bell and three others were charged with criminal damage after they were caught on footage dancing on top of the damaged London Ambulance Service vehicle
A Scottish waitress, who was captured on footage dancing on top of a damaged ambulance following England's 2-0 victory over Sweden in the quarter-finals of the recently concluded World Cup, has been charged with criminal damage.
According to Daily Mail, 21-year-old Larissa Bell of East Kilbride is one of four people to be charged in the aftermath of the raucous celebrations that proceeded the landmark victory for the team, which had not gone past the quarters since 1992. Unfortunately for her, as well as the other defendants, the videos of their revelry would become infamous on social media, assisting authorities in tracking them down and apprehending them.
Bell is believed to have been at the location on Borough High Street, near London Bridge Station on that day, Saturday, July 7, because she was spending the weekend in the capital with friends. She was snapped dancing on the ambulance as hundreds cheered, with the three others accused identified as 26-year-old Perry Jian of Poplar, East London, 27-year-old James Elton of West Hampstead, and 25-year-old Scott Dennett of Lancashire.
Commenting on the incident and the quartet's capture, a Scotland Yard spokesman said, "Detectives investigating a report of criminal damage after a London Ambulance Service vehicle was damaged in Borough High Street on Saturday, 7 July have charged four people."
"Perry Kangyue Jian, 26, of Poplar, East London, Larissa Bell, 21, of East Kilbride, Glasgow, James Elton, 27, of West Hampstead, North-West London, and Scott Dennett, 25, of Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire, were charged with criminal damage via postal requisition. All four had previously been interviewed under caution."
The Mail reported that the wrecked ambulance pictured in the celebrations had to be taken out of service to have repairs done on its shattered windscreen and dents on the bonnet. The incident had been condemned by ambulance chiefs, who tweeted at the time, "We're delighted with the result, but this has put a big dampener on the celebrations for us. While our officer attended a call nearby, this car was damaged in Borough High Street during the celebrations after the game — it's now off the road to be repaired."
Fans who were appalled by the disruptive behavior pooled together to raise money to assist authorities in restoring the ambulance to its former state. Supports of Millwall Football Club, normally known for being a little unruly themselves, raised £10,000 ($13,000) as proceeds for the ambulance service. But because a Skoda dealership that offered to repair the vehicle for free, the donations went towards the restoration of a historic 1965 ambulance instead.
Bell, Jian, Elton, and Dennett are scheduled to appear at the Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court in south London for their hearing later this month.