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Another conviction made after shocking footage of England fans vandalising cab after World Cup quarter final victory went viral

22 Dec 2018

 

A woman who helped vandalise a private hire vehicle in Nottingham after England’s World Cup victory against Sweden, has been ordered to pay the driver £200 in damages.

The shocking scenes unfolded as hundreds of England fans flooded into Nottingham City’s Old Market Square to celebrate the national teams football victory.

A man was filmed jumping on the roof of a private hire vehicle and stomping until the sunroof caved in.

Joanne Duke, 42, was amongst those who joined in the vandalism. She was seen hitting the side of the vehicle.

Duke, who was drunk at the time of the incident and was living out of a tent, admitted the offence and was given a 28-day prison term, suspended for nine months, along with the £200 fine.

District judge Tim Spruance said: “This was not an ordinary criminal damage charge.

“It represents group disorder and uncontrolled behaviour with complete disregard for those in any way affected.

“There were people who got a very poor view of the city of Nottingham, with this perception of this great city shown around the world”.

Cabbie Arif Qureshi, 61, suffered “significant physical, psychological and financial impact and damage to his livelihood” the judge told Duke.

The judge also highlighted that he was aware that Duke did not start the incident and that the vehicle was already badly damaged when she began to join in the vandalism.

According to a report in the Nottinghamshire Live, a 27-year-old man had been cautioned for his part in the incident and another suspect was released.

Sanjay Jerath, prosecuting, said that the incident was filmed and posted up on YouTube by many who were present.

He said that Qureshi had just dropped off a passenger when moments later he was surrounded by drunk supporters out celebrating the victory.

A man jumped onto the roof of the vehicle - shattering the sunroof all over Qureshi, who managed to escape the car.

Qureshi was unable to do anything as revellers continued to vandalise his vehicle. He was left unable to work until his vehicle was fixed.  

 

(Video credit: YouTube)

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