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13 suspects police want to quiz over Ardoyne riots

These are the 13 suspects who the PSNI want to question in connection with some of the worst rioting seen on the streets of Belfast for years.

The photographs have been |released as detectives step up their probe into the three days of violence which erupted at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast.

More than 80 PSNI officers were injured during the serious violence around the Twelfth.

Yesterday it emerged that a special police task force has been set up to investigate the disorder, which left a trail of destruction across north Belfast.

It was also revealed that police have made 42 arrests in connection with the disturbances — with more expected in the coming days.

The gangs — which included children as young as eight — used petrol bombs, bricks and bottles to wreak havoc.

A shotgun was fired at police in North Queen Street, masonry was dropped on officers and bullets aimed at PSNI lines.

Chief Constable Matt Baggott has already said the cost of policing the trouble will run into millions of pounds.

Detectives have been trawling through 100 hours of CCTV footage and 1,000 still camera shots to try and identify the hooligans involved in the mayhem.

Yesterday it was revealed police had charged another person over the unrest.

The woman (37) will appear in court next month charged in connection with serious street disorder at the Ormeau Bridge area.

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Little appealed for assistance in identifying the suspects, which he said would help the PSNI make “considerable progress” in their investigation.

“We are confident that many people in the community will know the identity of the 13 people whose images we are releasing,” he said.

“We would urge them in the strongest possible terms to bring that information forward.”

Policing Board member Basil McCrea has called for tough penalties for anyone convicted of the rioting.

Anyone with information is urged to contact detectives at the Public Order Enquiry Team on 9025 9232 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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