Leicester Square has been left covered in rubbish after football fans partied throughout the day ahead of the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy.
Fans began gathering in central London from early in the morning, setting off flares, climbing on buildings and uprooting trees to hurl them through the air.
The windows of a Burger King in Leicester Square were cracked by bottles and King’s Cross Station was evacuated after fans set off flares outside.
In the couple of hours before kick-off hundreds of supporters appeared to storm Wembley Stadium. Video footage showed masses of fans overwhelming stewards.
Fans without tickets or venue bookings were urged by the Metropolitan Police to stay away from London.
“The Met has a significantly enhanced policing operation in place and will adapt as necessary to increased numbers of fans enjoying the matches,” said Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor.
“We want people to be able to enjoy the Euros 2020 final safely and securely, behave responsibly and consider the safety and welfare of others.”
A spokesperson for Wembley Stadium denied fans without tickets had been able to get into the stadium.
They said: “We are dealing with an incident that occurred at the outer security perimeter area of the stadium, with support from police.
“Safety measures were quickly activated… there were no security breaches of people without tickets getting inside the stadium.”