PSNI seek names for 150 faces
POLICE have released 150 images of people they want to speak to as part of their investigation into serious public disorder in the greater Belfast area on July 12 and 13 and August 8 and 9.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday (November 18), detective superintendent Sean Wright, said officers have trawled through 1,800 hours of CCTV footage and are processing more than 1,500 images as part of Operation Dulcet and Operation Titan – the investigations into illegal activity linked to flag protests and parades.
DS Wright, the senior investigating officer from the Operation Titan, confirmed a total of 440 people have been arrested and 560 people charged or reported to the Public Prosecution Service as a result of the investigations.
Saying more arrests will follow, DS Wright urged "everyone with influence" to do what they can to avoid similar scenes on Belfast's streets in the coming months.
"We do not want to see large numbers of people, including young people, being criminalised and ending up before the courts... – we don't want to spend 2014 investigating further offences committed in the winter of 2013 and beyond."
Saying the PSNI fully support everyone's right to protest peacefully, he urged anyone involved in protest action to ensure their actions are "lawful and peaceful at all times".
Appealing for the public's help in identifying the people in the newly released images, the senior detective said: "There are people out there who will know the identity of these people and I am confident that those people will come forward with that information.
"It is vital that we all send out a message to those involved in public disorder that such behaviour will not be tolerated. Those who break the law must face consequences for their actions. They will be dealt with appropriately and proportionately through the criminal justice system.
"I would also ask anyone who believes one of the images is of them to contact us immediately in order to help us with our enquiries," he added.
He also confirmed the cost of policing the sensitive interface at Twaddell Avenue continues to cost between £40 and £50k per night.
Loyalist protesters set up camp at Twaddell following a Parades Commission decision to restrict an Orange Order parade on the Twelfth of July.
DS Wright said although police are "constantly reviewing" the resources they put into the area, the fact the camp is directly on an interface means a "significant" police presence is required.
Anyone who may be able to identify any of the individuals is urged to contact detectives at the major incident room on: 90 901775 from 9am to 10pm, Monday to Friday.