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Police release photos of 15 men following attacks which injured 25 officers

Police were attacked with masonry, bottles, petrol bombs and fireworks.

POLICE HAVE RELEASED images of 15 men they want speak with in relation to a serious public disorder in July in which 25 police officers were injured after being attacked with bottles and petrol bombs.

It happened at Woodvale Road, Twaddell Avenue and the Ardoyne shop fronts in Belfast on Monday 13 July last year.

Police have already made 23 arrests in connection with this disorder. Eighteen people have been charged and five reported to the PPS.

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Detective Chief Inspector Gary Reid said, “We are committed to identifying those involved in this disorder and we will be relentless in our pursuit in order to bring these offenders before the Courts.

Over the course of the day, police were attacked with masonry, bottles, petrol bombs and fireworks resulting in 25 officers being injured – five at incidents in the centre of Belfast and another twenty in North Belfast that evening.

“Whilst many of the injuries sustained were relatively minor, a number of them were much more serious. Due to the serious nature of the disorder water cannon was deployed and AEP rounds were discharged.”

I also encourage the persons within these pictures to contact police directly – in doing so they will minimise the impact on themselves, their family and their community.

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Anyone who may be able to identify any of these individuals or provide any information about them such as their name, address or age is urged to contact detectives at Strandtown Police Station on 02890 901734. This number is staffed Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm, an answer machine will be in operation outside of these office opening hours.

Detectives can also be contacted by email on POETDPC@psni.pnn.police.uk

Alternatively, if anyone would prefer to provide information to the independent charity Crimestoppers they can speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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