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Eight sought over post-poll protest

Police today issued pictures of eight people they want to speak to in connection with a disturbance in central London shortly after the general election.

A total of 15 people were arrested near Downing Street when trouble flared in Whitehall at an anti-austerity protest on Saturday May 9.

There were 12 arrests on suspicion of violent disorder and three for assault on police. All have been bailed pending further inquiries.

Four police officers and a member of police staff were injured as riot police clashed with frustrated crowds just a day after David Cameron declared victory at the ballot boxes, and g raffiti was sprayed on The Women of World War II monument on Whitehall.

Scotland Yard said one officer was treated at hospital for a suspected dislocated shoulder. A member of police staff also received hospital treatment for a cut lip after being struck by an object.

Three other officers were assaulted but did not require hospital treatment.

Acting Commander Colin Morgan, of the Public Order Command, said: "A number of officers were injured during the disorder and the Women In World War II Memorial was damaged with graffiti. I'm urging anyone who recognises these men to come forward and assist us with our investigation."

Anyone who recognises the people pictured or has any information was asked to contact the Public Order Investigation Unit on 020 8246 0076 or email them at quoting the reference on the picture.

If wishing to remain anonymous, people can call CrimeStoppers on 0800 555111.


From Belfast Telegraph