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Teen EFC fan wrongly accused over Liver Building fire speaks out

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A teenage Everton fan was reportedly told he should die after being wrongly accused of setting fire to the Liver Building.

On Friday night, thousands of people gathered at the Pier Head to celebrate Liverpool's triumph in the Premier League.

Later in the evening, widespread disorder broke out before fire crews were called to the area to deal with a blaze on the balcony of the Grade l listed building.

Videos posted to Twitter a short time after the incident appeared to show a young man aiming a large firework at the Liver Building and firing it over the heads of the crowd.

It crashed into the facade of the building before exploding and causing the fire.

On Saturday evening, Merseyside Police confirmed that they had arrested a male in connection with the incident.

But on Sunday, an image of a young man was shared on social media with people claiming he was the person responsible.

Huge crowds at the Pier Head.(Pic Andrew Teebay).

The picture showed 17-year-old Jamie Gardiner, wearing an Everton kit, with the poster wrongly accusing him of being the man in the video.

Over the next 12 hours, Jamie's picture was shared thousands of times across the country with people spreading the false information over and over again.

The teenager, from Woodchurch, told the ECHO that he was told he should die and called countless derogatory names before it was made clear he had been wrongly identified.

Speaking out about the ordeal, Jamie said he was left feeling "physically sick" at the thought that people believed he was involved.

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He said: "It all kicked off on Sunday when someone posted my picture and said they had identified me as the person in the video.

"I wasn't even aware of it, my friend's girlfriend sent me a screenshot and said that people thought I had done it."

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Jamie said that over the next few hours his picture was repeatedly posted alongside vile threats including people posting he should die for what he has done and that he needed to "reevaluate his life".

He said: "Thankfully, no one knew my name so none of the comments were made directly to me but to see things like that posted alongside my picture, it was awful.

A fans climbing onto the statue of Edward VII at the Pier Head.(Pic Andrew Teebay).

"To be wrongly accused of something so serious, as a 17-year-old, was horrific.

"Everyone who knew me and saw the picture knew I wouldn't do something like that so they helped share posts that said it wasn't me.

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"I was told I should die and was called all sort of disgusting things but I felt physically sick that people who think I would do something like that.

"I have been an Everton fan all my life so I wouldn't even have been there, I was in bed, but regardless, I would not even think of committing a crime like that."

Matthew Egglesden was charged over the incident before appearing at Liverpool Magistrates court

Jamie has said that he hopes people will think twice before sharing things online without any evidence.

He said: "It took less than an hour for my picture to be shared thousands of time.

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"Something like that could ruin someone's life, demolish their reputation for no reason at all.

"Please take care what you share, I never thought I'd face something like this."

Matthew Egglesden was charged over the incident before appearing at Liverpool Magistrates court

Matthew Egglesden was charged on Sunday with criminal damage caused by arson after the incident at the Royal Liver Building.

The 19-year-old, of Turning Lane, Scarisbrick in Southport, appeared in court on Monday morning.

He spoke only to confirm his name, address and nationality and to indicate no plea to the offence.

After the hearing he was released on conditional bail and will appear again at court on on July 27 where he will enter a plea.




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