Monday, October 17, 2005

Pictures of British loyalist riot suspects issued

BBC News:

Police investigating attacks on officers following a controversial re-routed Orange Parade in west Belfast have issued pictures of riot suspects.

Officers were attacked by loyalists with petrol bombs, blast bombs and live rounds on Saturday 10 September.

It followed a Parades Commission ruling that the Whiterock parade could not enter an interface area.

Photographs from video footage are being circulated by police who have urged those involved to come forward.

West Belfast district commander, Chief Superintendent David Boultwood said: "Our footage is extensive and clearly shows us the perpetrators of this violence.

"We are asking them to come forward before our officers have to knock on their doors."

He appealed to the community to work with the police to prosecute anyone involved in public disorder.

"Criminal behaviour will not be tolerated. We are determined to bring before the courts those who have taken part in serious public disorder," he said.

The march was barred from going through security gates on the Springfield Road, and had to use a former factory site.

There was a major police and Army presence in the area. Screens were erected in front of houses.

Security forces came under sustained attack from several hundred rioters on West Circular Road.

Cars were hijacked and set on fire on Ardoyne Road and North Queen Street.

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