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Girl, 16, quizzed over London student protest attack

Demonstrators attack a Police van during a protest over university fees, on Whitehall in central London
Image caption An abandoned police van was smashed up, covered in graffiti and looted during the protest

A teenage girl has been questioned over a mob attack on a police van during student tuition fees protests in central London.

The 16-year-old, from Beckenham, south east London, was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and violent disorder in Whitehall on 24 November.

An abandoned police van was smashed up, covered in graffiti and looted during the student protest.

The girl was released on bail until June, pending further inquiries.

Officers have set up a specialist team to identify those responsible for the violence and other criminal acts during a series of student protests.

Police have studied hours of CCTV footage, issued mugshots of dozens of suspects and made more than 180 arrests.

A total of 52 people have been arrested over violent clashes in the second of a series of demonstrations.

Of these, 51 have been bailed pending further inquiries and one person was charged with being drunk and disorderly.

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