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Man in court over World Cup ambulance damage

Damaged ambulance Image copyright LAS
Image caption James Elton, 27, is one of a group of people caught on camera climbing on a rapid response ambulance car

A man accused of dancing on an ambulance during World Cup celebrations while sporting a Gareth Southgate-style waistcoat has appeared in court.

James Elton, 27, is one of a group of people caught on camera climbing on the rapid response vehicle in the wake of England's 2-0 victory over Sweden on 7 July last year.

The vehicle had been parked close to London's Borough Market where crowds had gathered to watch the match.

Mr Elton denied damaging property.

The windscreen and bonnet of the ambulance was damaged when it was used as an impromptu stage. The roof was also dented and scuffed.

Footage of the incident was broadcast by a number of news outlets and circulated widely on social media.

Defending Mr Elton, Jim Sturman QC said he accepted he was the man pictured in the footage climbing on the ambulance but denied he caused any of the marks on the vehicle.

He described his dance moves as a "soft shoe shuffle" that would not have caused any harm.

Mr Elton, from West Hampstead, London, is due to stand trial on 24 June alongside Perry Kangyue Jian, 26, from Poplar, London, Larissa Bell, 21, from East Kilbride, Glasgow, and Scott Dennett, 25, from Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire.

Judge Jeremy Donne QC, sitting at Inner London Crown Court, granted him unconditional bail until that date.

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