Northern Ireland

PSNI release pictures of Ardoyne riot suspects

The police have released more photographs of people they would like to question in connection with rioting in the Ardoyne area of Belfast over the twelfth of July.

Several police officers were injured during three nights of violence which began following an Orange march.

In July, police released 14 images of people they wanted to speak to.

More than 40 people have so far been charged in connection with trouble in Belfast over the marching season.

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Little, who is heading a team of 20 officers solely dedicated to probing the disorder, said he was hopeful that members of the public would assist police in identifying the eight people.

"Given the seriousness of the public disorder in Ardoyne this July, we were grateful to take advantage of Crimewatch UK last night to feature these eight individuals for identification purposes," he said.

'In the interest of justice'

"Since the serious disturbances erupted, we have had a tremendous response from members of the public to our appeals so far and I'm hopeful that the community will again help us identify these men whom we'd like to talk to in connection with our investigation into the disorder that wreaked havoc on local people in north Belfast this summer.

"It is in everybody's interest - as well as in the interest of justice - that those responsible are charged and brought before the courts," he said.

Detectives across Belfast have so far made 71 arrests in connection with the disturbances, 47 of which relate to disorder in north and west Belfast.

DCI Little appealed to everybody in the community to come forward and assist detectives with the investigation.

"We are confident that many people in the community will know the identity of the eight people whose images we are releasing. We would urge them in the strongest possible terms to bring that information forward.

"It is essential that those who were involved in the rioting do not continue to wreck communities and put people's lives at risk. It is vital that we all send out a message to those responsible that such behaviour will not be tolerated," he added.

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at the Public Order Enquiry Team on 02890 259232 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.