A MARAUDING gang of Polish football fans went on a supermarket “rampage” looting crates of alcohol worth £1000 after being told it was too late to buy drink.
Around 50 Legia Warsaw supporters stormed the 24-hour Asda in Straiton hours after their side’s 6-1 aggregate win over Celtic in the Champions League on Thursday.
It is believed the football fans were travelling to an English port to catch a ferry home when they mounted the late-night raid.
Witnesses watched the yobs march out of the shop carrying beer, spirits, bread and packets of multi-pack crisps before the Polish-registered bus took off.
Staff had warned the fans that selling alcohol after 10pm was illegal, sparking the mass shoplifting. It is understood staff tried to stop the men but called police after being threatened.
The celebrating supporters have since been hit by UEFA’s decision to reinstate Celtic to the Champions League after Legia Warsaw were punished for fielding an ineligible player during Wednesday night’s game in Murrayfield.
Neil Brown, 61, who lives across the road from the Asda, witnessed the incident. He said: “I heard noise outside and went out. There was a group of men walking towards the store. There must have been 50 at least.
“A few minutes later I saw them coming back out. They were carrying lots of crates of beer and bottles of spirits.
“The bus just sat there while people kept coming out with more alcohol. It took 15 minutes for them all to come out and then the bus drove off.”
Mr Brown, who runs an accommodation service, went across to the store the next morning and spoke to staff. He said: “One guy said around £1000 of stuff had been stolen, while another said it was worth a few thousand.
“One staff member had challenged them but got threatened. It’s difficult to do anything when you’ve got a mob of 50-odd people on the rampage.”
A police spokesman said: “Police Scotland can confirm that officers in Midlothian attended the Asda store on Pentland Road, Loanhead, following an alleged theft. Anyone with any information should contact Police Scotland on 101.”
An Asda spokesman said: “We’re assisting police with their investigations.”