Belfast Telegraph

Gang hunted over Belfast riots

Police are hunting at least 14 people as part of their investigation into riots in north Belfast over the July 12 period, it has been revealed.

Photographs of the wanted youths and young men were released on Friday following days of trouble at the Ardoyne interface.

A shotgun was fired at police in North Queen Street, masonry dropped on officers and bullets aimed at PSNI lines. The gangs used petrol bombs, blast bombs, bricks and bottles.

Detective chief inspector Alan Little said: "The people who do this are wreaking havoc on the community in Ardoyne, it is putting police and the local community at risk of serious injury. This sort of behaviour is not to be tolerated."

More than 80 officers were injured in three days of violence earlier this month. A police public order team is trawling through 100 hours of CCTV recording and 1,000 still camera shots in a bid to identify hooligans responsible for launching wave upon wave of brutal attacks on police.

Detectives have made 42 arrests, 22 of which involved disorder in north and west Belfast and the other 20 in parts of the city like Short Strand.

Mr Little added: "When you saw the absolute viciousness of some of the attacks on the police it is not always possible to make (all) arrests at the time. I will be continuing to make arrests and deal with people, I hope we make more arrests."

The youngest person arrested was aged 15. Mr Little added: "There have been people pushing the children forward into dealing with this. They are not worried about these children getting criminal records."

Mr Little appealed to everybody to come forward and assist detectives with the investigation. Police have established an inquiry line so anybody with information can contact them.

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