Police release pictures of riot suspects
Published 10/08/2011 | 14:08
Police have released the first batch of pictures of suspects wanted for the rioting and looting last night in Manchester and Salford.
The 17 CCTV images were issued as police also appealed for members of the public to send them their own images of the yobs smashing into shops and attacking police.
Greater Manchester Police chief constable Peter Fahy said 100 premises were broken into or damaged and officers made 113 arrests.
He said the pictures were "just a few" of the images captured on CCTV and by other means.
"We have a huge amount of other material, we already are at this very moment preparing to go out and arrest individuals," Mr Fahy said.
Mr Fahy described the disorder as "organised and orchestrated" and suggested the trouble in Salford was more violent than the general looting in Manchester city centre with the copy-cat rioting being used as an opportunity for 'payback' from local criminals towards police.
"We have been giving a hard time to a lot of the organised criminal outfits and various other people we know involved in offending and no doubt some of those saw this as an opportunity to get back at us, and we will be getting back at them," he said.
"Sadly they were the sort of characters we deal with day in day out, they are the sort of people who live on the edge of criminality and who would see organised shop lifting, burglary, as part of their day to day occupation.
"The 1980s was about attacking police officers, this isn't, this is about attacking shops and trying to get televisions and electrical goods and clothing.
"There were families turning up in cars and loading stuff into their boots."
He said he did not question the decision for GMP to send around 100 officers to help out in the capital hours before violence erupted in Manchester.
He added: "What's important to us and what is important to all police forces is the situation in London is under control. That is really important to stop the copy-cat riots and disturbances and calm things down.
"We are really pleased that London was calm last night because I think clearly if it looked like London was out of control then we would have ended up with far more disorder here because there would have been a situation that others would have tried to exploit."
Police reinforcements from other forces in the North West and wider area will be drafted in to help police Manchester tonight, Mr Fahy said.
Around 1,000 police were on duty last night but more will be on the ground from this afternoon he added.
"There is no reason this should happen again tonight, we have got a lot of officers out there."
Mr Fahy suggested the start of the football season for Manchester United and Manchester City would not be disrupted this weekend.
He added: "We police huge events in Manchester all the time, we have got the carnival this weekend, we have clearly got the big football matches, we had a football match last night, quite a high profile one, so at the moment as far as we are concerned it is business as usual and we would want to try to do everything we could to ensure we are not going to let a criminal minority disrupt the enjoyment of huge numbers of people who want to come to Manchester and Salford and other places to enjoy themselves."