Appeal over flag disorder images

Published Wednesday, 03 April 2013
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Members of the public could help police track down those behind the violence that erupted after some Union flag protests, a senior officer has said.

Appeal over flag disorder images
Police dealing with disorder in the Newtownards Road. (© Pacemaker)

More than 100 PSNI members were injured in disorder that broke out across Northern Ireland.

Loyalist mobs pelted officers with bricks and stones, cars were hijacked and set alight and threats were issued to local politicians.

Detectives working within Operation Dulcet, a specialist PSNI team set up to investigate the disorder, have released a further 17 images.

Detective Superintendent Sean Wright said there has been a positive response from the public so far.

He said: "There are people out there who will know the identity of these 17 people who I am looking to speak to. I am confident that those people will come forward with that information.

"It is vital that we all send out a message to those involved in public disorder that such behaviour will not be tolerated. Those who break the law must face consequences for their actions. They will be dealt with appropriately and proportionately through the criminal justice system."

So far 229 people have been arrested and questioned about the disorder, with 174 charged and 62 reported to the Public Prosecution Service.

DS Wright called for those who can identify anyone in the images to contact police immediately.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
realistic in planet earth wrote (667 days ago):
@me in tyrone- good to see that you have realised you are a cynic :). @HELLO in belfast- are you really that obtuse? :)
HELLO in Belfast wrote (668 days ago):
Ok so what I can see from the image gallery - 1) a lot of blury images you can make nothing out of, 2) A lot of people standing about doing nothing and 3) some images of thugs possibly involved in 'rioting' (though this is not clear). What exactly are we supposed to be looking for.
Ulysses32 in Belfast wrote (668 days ago):
Yes, Steven, as were those criminals who have been the loose for months now. I'm am quite sure the PSNI is doing it's job in respect of those involved at the weekend as they are doing their job trying to apprehend those they have been unable to locate for the past couple of months...
Steven in Belfast wrote (668 days ago):
Ulysses32 they where attending an illegal parade in the first place and realistic is spot on. Get terrosists locked up on both sides. 7years for paramillitary by association and everything will relax a bit so everyone can work on the peace in our lovely wee country.
realistic in planet earth wrote (668 days ago):
well said john in belfast........ good to see another 'realistic' on here, although different views to myself :)
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