Belfast Telegraph

Hand yourselves in, PSNI urges CCTV flag disorder suspects

Police want to question these people over flag-related violence which erupted across Belfast recently.

Detectives believe each of the individuals was involved in serious rioting around the Christmas and New Year period.

The suspects have been urged to hand themselves in.

It came as the PSNI revealed officers have so far made 201 arrests and charged 149 people across Northern Ireland in connection with the disorder.

The latest images are of suspects wanted in connection with disorder between December 3 and January 5. Detective Superintendent Sean Wright said the public's help was needed in tracing the individuals.

"Today we are releasing a further 11 images of individuals whom we'd like to talk to in connection with ongoing investigations into public disorder," he said.

"I'm hopeful that the wider community will help us identify these individuals, but I would also encourage the individuals featured to contact my team directly – in doing so they will minimise the impact on themselves, their family and their community."

Det Supt Wright said public disorder had caused havoc and serious disruption.

"It is in everybody's interest – as well as in the interest of justice – that those responsible are dealt with appropriately," he added.

"I would urge anyone who may have information to bring it forward."

A special task force, Operation Dulcet, is investigating incidents linked to protests across Northern Ireland.

Det Supt Wright said the team is investigating a broad range of crimes.

"Offences ranging from serious rioting, to the hijacking of vehicles, the attacks on our politicians' offices, the threats made against politicians, unnotified processions and social media-based offences," he added.

"This broad range of diverse investigations are being undertaken by one team to ensure that we can make the linkages between those people who are offending in one part and who are also offending in another.

"This will then assist us in providing a robust case to bring before the courts."

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