OPERATION TITAN – 106 ARRESTED OVER BELFAST STREET RIOTS

PSNI riot squad officer knocked out after struck by metal missile in Royal Avenue earlier this month

PSNI riot squad officer knocked out after struck by metal missile in Royal Avenue earlier this month

COPS have arrested 106 people since violence flared at a Twelfth of July Orange Order parade in north Belfast.

A special detective unit codenamed ‘Operation Titan’ is sifting through hours of film footage trying to identify rioters.

Officers are probing a large number of offences including attempted murder and blast bomb attacks on police, hijackings, unlawful protests and breaches of Parades Commission rulings.

Top cop Sean Wright said 77 people have been charged and a further ten have been reported to the PPS.

He released a further 17 images yesterday of people wanted for questioning by his team.

Said Det Supt Wright: “There are people out there who will know the identity of these 17 people who I am looking to speak to. I am confident that those people will come forward with that information.

“I would ask anyone who believes one of the images is of them to contact us immediately in order to help us with our enquiries.

“Anyone who may be able to identify any of the individuals is urged to contact detectives at the Major Incident Room on 028 90 901775 from 9am to 10pm Monday to Friday, alternatively a message can be left outside these hours.”

Scores of police officers dressed in full riot gear were injured during the trouble in Ardoyne on July 12.

An Orange Order member has since been charged with trying to kill a riot squad cop with a ceremonial sword.

 

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