Bristol riots: Police hunt for 14 more suspects as 42 people arrested

Detectives have released 14 new photographs of people they want to track down after riots that rocked Bristol last month.

Violence broke out on March 21 following the city’s first Kill the Bill protest, which saw 44 police officers assaulted.

A total of 39 officers sustained injuries as a result of assaults by protesters, and one further was injured but not as a result of an assault.

CCTV footage and video from a National Police Air Service helicopter have also been shared by police as part of the force’s efforts to track down suspects.

Multiple police vehicles were also damaged, including two police vans which were set on fire, and the glass exterior of the Bridewell Police Station was smashed.

See the story below for the images released by police of 14 new people they want to identify.

The cost to repair one of the vans and replace the other is reported to have been £5,676 and £25,000 respectively, while the cost of the damage to the police station has been calculated at £41,350.

Investigations into the actions taken on the night are continuing, with 42 people having been arrested so far and one boy, 14, attending a voluntary interview.

One man has also been charged with arson with intent to endanger life, violent disorder, two counts of assaulting an emergency worker and two counts of criminal damage.

He appeared at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, March 3, where he was remanded in custody pending a hearing at Bristol Crown Court next month.

A statement from Detective Chief Superintendent Carolyn Belafonte said the “shameful scenes” of March 21 shocked people across the city and that police remained committed to tracking down those involved.

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She said: “It’s now four weeks since the shameful scenes outside one of our neighbourhood police stations.

“The images which dominated much of the news the following day shocked not just people of Bristol but much of the entire nation.

“I know all the officers and staff working on the inquiry remain totally committed to identifying and bringing to justice those who played a part in the disorder.

“Thousands of hours of digital media including CCTV and mobile phone footage have been viewed and significant progress has already been made.

“The public response to our appeals so far has been really positive with 653 calls made to our control room and 390 submissions made through our website.

“The financial costs of the disorder are substantial but ultimately it’s the communities of Bristol which pay the price – after all, it’s taxpayer’s money which could have been spent on safeguarding and protecting our communities.

“We can’t let the people responsible get away with what they did. They are a disgrace and need to face the consequence of their actions.

“We have 35 people on our online gallery who we want to identify and I urge anyone who recognises any of them to contact us.”

Police have urged anyone who has information about any of the people in the images is asked to call 101 and provide the call handler with the letter associated with the person/people. Alternatively, you can also use their online form.

You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.

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