Merseyside Police have released images of a number of suspects thought to have been involved in the riots that took place in Liverpool on Monday and Tuesday last week.

 

The disturbances in the city, that have so far led to the arrest of 212 youths and adults locally, though not all connected with rioting, resulted in wide-scale damage to cars and buildings, as missiles such as bricks and bottles were thrown at police in Smithdown Road and surrounding streets.

 

Further trouble was sparked in Toxteth, Bootle and

Birkenhead, but the most serious events were in the

Smithdown area, as hundreds took to the streets

following similar riots in London and Birmingham.

 

Police say 86 of those already arrested have been

charged with offences, ranging from possession of

drugs and weapons to violent disorder. However,

having released these images, detectives are hoping

to bolster their investigation and are calling on the

public to help with their enquiries.

 

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Bickley, from the Force

Major Incident Team, said: "The images show youths

involved in serious disorder on Smithdown Road

on Tuesday night, which involved attacks on the

emergency services and criminal damage caused

to property belonging to members of the community.

 

"What we are really after is names to those faces so

we can take the appropriate action and arrest those

responsible for the violence.

 

"This investigation is going to be very thorough.

Releasing these images will show the community that

people who engage in these kinds of activities will be

found and punished.

 

"We also hope that they act as a deterrent. The

message is clear. If you are involved in this type of

criminal activity on our streets, we will use every means

available to us to find you and we will come knocking

on your door."

 

Merseyside Police's Assistant Chief Constable, Andy

Ward, said: "The public have an important part to play

in achieving this and I would urge everyone to look at

the images in the media and tell us who these

offenders are and where we can find them so they can

be brought to justice."

 

Despite fears to the contrary, the city experienced a

much calmer period, with many believing that increased police patrols and bad weather combined to act as a deterrent to those looking to cause trouble.

 

Merseyside Police deploy edextra forces at the weekend to ensure that they were able to deal with any potential threats of further disturbances.

 

Anyone with information about the disorder or images of those involved is encouraged to contact the

investigation team on 0151 709 6010 or email [email protected] and if

people want to help anonymously they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

Police release images of riots suspects

By Jonathan Birchall, Managing Editor

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