Po­lice appeal af­ter clashes at Tommy Robin­son rally

OF­FI­CERS IS­SUE PIC­TURES OF 26 PEOPLE THEY WANT TO SPEAK TO

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By ALEXAN­DRA RUCKI alexan­[email protected]­i­tymir­ror.com @Alexan­draRucki

TH­ESE are the 26 people po­lice want to speak to af­ter vi­o­lence erupted dur­ing a Tommy Robin­son rally.

Po­lice cars were smashed, bricks were thrown and fire­works were launched into crowds dur­ing the event held by the English De­fence League founder in Old­ham on Satur­day, May 18.

The ac­tivist, whose real name is Stephen Yax­ley-Len­non, was in Lime­side dur­ing his cam­paign to rep­re­sent the North West as an MEP.

A ‘counter-demon­stra­tion’ by a group named the Mus­lim De­fence League took place at the same time.

Scores of of­fi­cers were seen armed with shields and ba­tons in a bid to sep­a­rate both sides as ten­sions flared on the res­i­den­tial street of Sev­enth Av­enue.

Greater Manch­ester Po­lice raided 14 prop­er­ties in Old­ham, Crump­sall and one in West York­shire linked to the dis­tur­bance.

Of­fi­cers ar­rested 13 men, aged be­tween 15 and 40, on sus­pi­cion of vi­o­lent dis­or­der.

All were in cus­tody for ques­tion­ing.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Neil Evans, of GMP’s ter­ri­to­rial com­man­der with re­spon­si­bil­ity for Old­ham, said: “As the scale of this morn­ing’s op­er­a­tion demon­strates, we con­tinue to treat May’s dis­tur­bance with the ut­most se­ri­ous­ness.

“We have been in li­ai­son with the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice since the early stages of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and a team of de­tec­tives has been work­ing to iden­tify those whose crim­i­nal be­hav­iour re­sulted in the ugly scenes wit­nessed.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tors have been work­ing along­side key lo­cal part­ners as part of our ex­ten­sive en­quiries. Spe­cial­ist de­tec­tives from our ma­jor in­ves­ti­ga­tions team as well as lo­cal of­fi­cers have been in­volved in hours of work as­sess­ing ev­i­dence and in­for­ma­tion re­ceived from the pub­lic.

“While we have made a num­ber of ar­rests, our en­quiries re­main very much ongoing.

“As we have pre­vi­ously said, we un­der­stand and re­spect the right to peace­ful protest and counter-protest. How­ever we will not tol­er­ate it when this crosses into crim­i­nal be­hav­iour.

“Ac­cord­ingly, we can and will re­spond when that line is crossed.

“It re­mains a line of en­quiry that a num­ber of those who were in­volved with the dis­or­der had trav­elled to Old­ham from out­side Greater Manch­ester.

“As such, we are con­tin­u­ing to li­aise with our part­ners in neigh­bour­ing forces.”

In­for­ma­tion can be left with po­lice on 0161 856 6551 or Crimestop­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555 111.

Greater Manch­ester Po­lice is­sued th­ese pic­tures of people they want to speak to fol­low­ing a dis­tur­bance in Old­ham

Tommy Robin­son

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