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Police release 35 images in relation to violence at London protests

Commander Bas Javid appealed to the public for their help to identify people.

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The Metropolitan Police have released images of 35 people they want to speak to in connection with violence at protests in London in June (Metropolitan Police/PA)

The Metropolitan Police have released images of 35 people they want to speak to in connection with violence at protests in London in June (Metropolitan Police/PA)

The Metropolitan Police have released images of 35 people they want to speak to in connection with violence at protests in London in June (Metropolitan Police/PA)

Police have released images of 35 people they want to speak to in connection with violence at protests in London this month.

Clashes have broken out in the capital in recent weeks, where there have been demonstrations in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and among people claiming to protect statues in the city.

The Metropolitan Police said they are seeking people in relation to a number of violent public order offences which occurred during demonstrations between June 3 and 13.

Commander Bas Javid said while the vast majority of people had protested peacefully, “a small minority have attended with the sole purpose of attacking police officers, or violently confronting other protesters”.

He said almost 230 arrests have been made so far, 128 of which related to Saturday’s gathering which saw far-right demonstrators clash with officers near the Palace of Westminster and Trafalgar Square.

Mr Javid appealed to the public for their help to identify people.

He said: “We are now asking for the public’s help in identifying people, who we need to talk to about the violence seen at the protests. If you have any information, no matter how small, please get in touch.”

Police have been looking through hours of CCTV, officers’ body worn video and footage circulated on social media to identify people who might have been involved in violence, the Met said.

The force added there is a “high likelihood” they will be releasing more images of others wanted in connection with the clashes “in due course”.

PA