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Blaggers gatecrash Team GB Olympic celebrations - video

Gold medallists joined by two uninvited guests as Manchester and London pay tribute to the stars of Rio

Hundreds of thousands of fans have turned out in Manchester and London over the past two days to celebrate Team GB's success at Rio this summer.

Members of the UK's Olympic and Paralympic teams, including gold medallists Max Whitlock, Adam Peaty, Nicola Adams and the GB women's hockey team, took part in float parades through the two cities.

They were joined by Jessica Ennis-Hill, who won silver in the heptathlon and announced her retirement last week, to be cheered by the crowds.

Celebrations kicked off in Manchester on Monday, with a parade through the city streets, before the athletes travelled south for a ceremony in Trafalgar Square ahead of a reception at Buckingham Palace.

However, their numbers were swollen by two blaggers.

Dressed in Team GB outfits and carrying plastic medals, the cheeky fans talked their way on to the bus carrying the modern pentathlon and hockey teams around Manchester.

They were rumbled by a Sky Sports reporter and "left the float when asked", says the broadcaster, which adds that "while the modern pentathlon team were aware they were there, they were more amused at their efforts than threatened".

Sky continues: "The security breach was light-hearted and not threatening, but it will be of concern to the British Olympic Association, Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Council.

"The parade has been the subject of months of planning, with security a priority and a VIP presence including Prime Minister Theresa May."

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Despite the hiccup and weather, the event was a success. "More than 150,000 people lined the streets of Manchester for the parade despite heavy rain, as the public took the opportunity to congratulate Great Britain's record-breaking Olympic athletes," reports the Daily Telegraph.

Team GB won an unprecedented 67 medals in Rio, two more than they managed at London 2012. The Paralympians also beat their previous performance with 147 medals - 27 more than four years ago.

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