Police investigating the ‘Kill the Bill’ riot in Bristol two weeks ago have issued images of another 13 suspects wanted in connection with the violence.
It comes as officers made three more arrests over the Easter Bank Holiday, two men aged 23 and 36 and a 25-year-old woman, after police were pelted with fireworks and other missiles and police vehicles were torched following a protest last month.
The total number of people arrested is now 32.
Avon and Somerset Police have released photographs of a group of individuals they wish to identify following violent protests in Bristol last month
Around 3,000 people had attended the protest in College Green, Bristol on March 21. Officers have trawled through hours of footage to identify potential suspects
Avon and Somerset Police would like to talk to this man in connection with the violent scenes
The latest images gave been added to Avon and Somerset Police’s official website.
Around 3,000 people had attended a peaceful demonstration on College Green in the centre of Bristol on March 21 but events turned sour after about 500 people descended on Bridewell police station in the city.
Two police officers were hospitalised and dozens more injured after thugs pelted them with bottles, cans, rocks and fireworks.
A police van and another vehicle were set alight, as were rubbish bins, and Bridewell police station had windows smashed and obscene graffiti daubed over the front.
A 25-year-old man appeared in court on Saturday charged with attempted arson with intent to endanger life in connection with an incident in which a lit item was placed under an occupied police van during the disorder.
Ryan Paul Roberts, from Plymouth, has also been charged with two counts of criminal damage and two counts of assaulting an emergency worker.
Police want to identify these men in connection with the violent scenes in Bristol
Officers have released images of these two suspects and want the public’s assistance in identifying them
He spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth at Bristol Magistrates’ Court and did not enter any pleas to the charges. He was remanded in custody.
Subsequent protest in Bristol have also turned violent as the city becomes the front line in demonstrations against the government’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.
The Bill would give police in England and Wales more power to impose conditions on non-violent protests, including those deemed too noisy or a nuisance, with those convicted liable to fines or jail terms.
Of the five protests held in the city, only one has finished peacefully. Trouble erupted again at the weekend when protesters clashed with police after blocking the M32 motorway.
Avon and Somerset Police have requested mutual aid from neighbouring forces to assist in dispersing the gatherings after attempts to encourage people to leave were unsuccessful.
Public order officers from Avon and Somerset, British Transport Police, Devon and Cornwall, Dorset, Dyfed-Powys, Gloucestershire, Gwent and Wiltshire have been deployed on the streets of Bristol over the past fortnight.
Officers are are currently reviewing other footage and may release more images of people, like this man, that they want to speak to
Officers are seeking to talk to this man who was seen in Bristol on the evening of March 21
They have been backed up by police dog units, horses, the police helicopter and a police drone unit.
Avon and Somerset Police have appealed for the public to supply them with any mobile phone videos of the March 21 violence to weed out the troublemakers.
Detective Chief Superintendent Carolyn Belafonte said the investigation could result in the release of the largest number of images for wanted suspects in the force’s history.
She said: ‘What happened on the streets of Bristol on Sunday was nothing short of disgraceful and it’s provoked widespread condemnation.
‘We’ve been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and kindness that we’ve received from the public, as well as from organisations and agencies across the city.
‘It’s greatly appreciated and means a lot to all the officers and staff who work day in, day out to keep the public safe.
Photographs of these two individuals have been released by Avon and Somerset Police
‘We have an enormous amount of digital material to go through including CCTV footage, Body Worn Video, social media coverage and footage/photos provided by people at the scene.’
She added: ‘We’ve already started receiving a large amount of digital material from the public, which we’re grateful for, but to ensure we capture all available evidence, we’ve set up a dedicated form via our website where people can provide video footage and photos.’
Since the demonstration on March 21, there have been four other protests in Bristol against the Government’s proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.
Protests on March 23 and 26 ended in clashes between police and protesters. A demonstration on March 30 passed off peacefully.
Police would also like to speak with this woman who was in Bristol on the night of the violence
Avon and Somerset police would also like to talk to this man in connection with the incident
Three people were charged with failing to comply with a dispersal order put in place following a protest on Saturday night.
Rebecca Buckley, 26, of Wilson Street, Bristol, and Thomas William Rix, 37, of Kingsdown Parade, Bristol, were released on unconditional bail and will appear at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on later dates.
A 17-year-old boy will appear before Bristol Youth Court on April 28, a 17-year-old girl has been referred to the Youth Panel for a decision, and a 16-year-old boy has been released under investigation.
Two men aged 26 and 25 were given conditional cautions, Avon and Somerset Police said.
The proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill would give police in England and Wales more power to impose conditions on non-violent protests, including those deemed too noisy or a nuisance, with those convicted liable to fines or prison terms.