Police release images of rioters

Police have released further images of people they want to identify in connection with the violent disorder and criminal damage which followed the mass protest against the Government’s public spending cuts.

Groups of activists clashed with riot police in central London as a separate TUC-organised demonstration and rally at Hyde Park passed off peacefully.

Banks and shops were targeted, while buildings and landmarks in Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly and Oxford Street were vandalised amid the trouble on Saturday, March 26.

The Metropolitan Police want to trace individuals from the latest close-up shots, which capture men in hooded tops and also includes one brunette female.

Detective Chief Superintendent Matthew Horne, who is leading the investigation, named Operation Brontide, said: “A significant number of individuals that were intent on causing violence and damage have already been identified and arrested thanks to members of the public.

“These further images are released in order that those who decided to cause fear to shoppers and tourists on the day can be brought to justice.”

Organisers estimated between 400,000 and 500,000 teachers, nurses, firefighters, council and NHS workers, other public sector employees, students, pensioners and campaign groups converged on the capital for the peaceful protest.

Police said there had been a total of 205 arrests, with 201 made on March 26. Approximately 145 were in connection with the incident in Fortnum & Mason.

Around 56 officers were injured on the day, with 11 requiring hospital treatment, the force added.

It said 151 people had been charged, with 138 of these charges of aggravated trespass in connection with the incident in Fortnum & Mason

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