Riot cop with baton hits England fan carrying child in Benidorm

A Benidorm riot cop was caught on camera hitting an England fan carrying a child on his shoulders as police clashed with revellers on the Spanish island.

Footage shows England fans celebrating the 2-0 win over Sweden in the World Cup quarter final this afternoon, as numerous police fans and countless armed officers arrived on the scene.

The clip shows fans out on the streets with many filming the police as they appear to attempt to clear the crowds.

As the England fan, wearing a blue T-shirt and carrying a child on his shoulders, walks through the road he is confronted by a police officer in riot gear.

The police officer appears to try and push him out of the way at first but the man moves away.

He quickly brandishes his baton and hit the man on his thigh.

The man carrying the child continues to walk towards him and holds his arms out in protest and other England fans gather around him.

Police can then be seen hitting other members of the crowd with batons as members of the public film the chaotic scenes.

Officers can be seen carrying large rifles as they walk around the streets.

One fan appears to try to calm the situation by gesticulating at the officers to calm down but they push him out of the way.

Another clip shows people walking down the strip as they’re followed by a number of officers in riot gear.

Holidaymaker Harry Norrie claimed on Twitter he was at the scene and also hit out the police’s tactics.

He said it was a "carnival atmosphere" until police started.

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He added: "Police firing rubber bullets to control the crowds in Benidorm after England game, totally unnecessary.

"Was walking down the street witnessing the Benidorm police nearby handed tactics.

"There was no England fan causing any trouble it was a carnival atmosphere till the police started."

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