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CCTV images of riot suspects issued

Police have released the first batch of pictures of suspects wanted for the rioting and looting on Tuesday night in Manchester and Salford.

The 17 CCTV images were issued as police also appealed for members of the public to send them their own images of the yobs smashing into shops and attacking police.

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Peter Fahy said 100 premises were broken into or damaged and officers made 113 arrests.

He said the pictures are "just a few" of the images captured on CCTV and by other means.

"We have a huge amount of other material, we already are at this very moment preparing to go out and arrest individuals," Mr Fahy said. "We have had at least one individual give himself up because his picture is on Facebook committing crime."

Mr Fahy described the disorder as "organised and orchestrated" and suggested the trouble in Salford was more violent than the general looting in Manchester city centre with the copy-cat rioting being used as an opportunity for 'payback' from local criminals towards police.

"We have been giving a hard time to a lot of the organised criminal outfits and various other people we know involved in offending and no doubt some of those saw this as an opportunity to get back at us, and we will be getting back at them," he said.

"Sadly they were the sort of characters we deal with day in day out, they are the sort of people who live on the edge of criminality and who would see organised shop lifting, burglary, as part of their day to day occupation.

"The 1980s was about attacking police officers, this isn't, this is about attacking shops and trying to get televisions and electrical goods and clothing. There were families turning up in cars and loading stuff into their boots."

He said he did not question the decision for GMP to send around 100 officers to help out in the capital hours before violence erupted in Manchester.


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