Flag protest disorder images released

Published Wednesday, 20 March 2013
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A senior detective investigating violence following flag protests has called for those involved to hand themselves in.

Flag protest disorder images released
Burning barricades on the Newtownards Road in east Belfast in January. (© Presseye)

Detective Superintendent Sean Wright was speaking as police released further images of people they want to speak to about the disorder.

So far, 219 people have been arrested by the Operation Dulcet taskforce, which was set up in response to weeks of unrest across Northern Ireland.

Almost 170 people have been charged in connection with the disorder and 60 have been reported to the Public Prosecution Service.

Violence sparked after some Union flag protests, with more than 100 police officers injured as crowds pelted them with bricks, bottles and fireworks.

DS Wright said so far the team has had "a very positive response" from the public.

"There are people out there who will know the identity of these 15 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 appropriately and proportionately through the criminal justice system," he added.

The senior detective also appealed directly to those featured in the images to contact his team.

He added: "I would ask anyone who believes one of the images is of them to contact us immediately in order to help us with our inquiries."

Anyone who could identify any of the people in the images is asked to contact police.

© UTV News
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25 Comments
Lee in Belfast wrote (522 days ago):
found with a mortar bomb , no problem , wave a unioin flag , arrested and jailed , political policing?? i think we have our answer there folks.
Stuart in Lisburn wrote (522 days ago):
Henry form northern irealand nice of you to get back to me may be we culd meet up to discuss things ??
realistic in planet earth wrote (522 days ago):
Awwwww, has this thread been dropped? The discussion was getting good :(
LUCYLOU in belfast wrote (523 days ago):
Henry in north of Ireland====you post a comment which has nothing to do with the article but simply a rude attack on another poster.WHY? you don't know Stuart, or why he may have problems with spelling. Were you the class bully? Because he perceives 'one sided' policing [which I don't agree with]doesn't mean he actually physically protests==an assumption you seem to have jumped to! STUART I can't agree with you, if anyone breaks the law then they are aware they must pay the consequences.However you are entitled to voice your perspective on the issue.By the way HENRY says it took him over an hour to understand your post but I can assure you I had no such problems with it so I hope his unkind personal comments will not stop you from posting.
Veritas in North Belfast wrote (523 days ago):
Great to see. The so called "fleg" protest has been soundly beaten and thankfully normal service will be resumed soon for the economy This is more important than a redundant campaign.
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