13 new suspects hunted over night of violence at Bristol ‘Kill the Bill’ protest

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There have now been three Kill the Bill protests in Bristol in one week, with more planned this week (Picture: SWNS)

Police have released images of 13 more people they are looking for in connection with riots in Bristol.

The first night of protests in the city, on March 21, saw police vans set on fire, rockets thrown into crowds of people, and the windows of a police station smashed.

Around 3,000 people attended the peaceful demonstration which started on College Green – but events turned violent after around 500 people descended on a police station.

A total of 40 police officers and at least one journalist were injured in the clash.

Some 25 people have now been arrested, but police have released pictures of more people they are hunting down after the clashes.

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Nine men – aged between 19 and 44 – were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder during the incident. Four women, aged between 18 and 20, were then arrested later that week on suspicion of violent disorder.

Two men and a woman, aged between 21 and 30, were detained on suspicion of violent disorder during Friday’s third Kill the Bill protest. The two men were also arrested on suspicion of arson, and the woman on suspicion of assault.

Three men and two women – aged between 19 and 30 – were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder, with one of the men also accused of arson.

Police and protesters at College Green in Bristol where police said around 130 people had gathered earlier in the evening. Picture date: Tuesday March 23, 2021. PA Photo. It is the latest ?Kill the Bill? protest in the city against the Government?s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which will see the police handed new powers to tackle demonstrations. See PA story POLICE Reclaim. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Some 25 people have now been arrested after each of the protests ended in violence (Picture: PA)

Two men and two women were also arrested over the last two days on suspicion of violent disorder.

There have now been three Kill the Bill protests in Bristol in one week – each ending in violence.

People have been protesting against the Government’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which could hand the police more powers to tackle demonstrations – including those deemed a ‘nuisance’.

Officers have been accused of using heavy handed tactics such as slamming riot shields onto protesters which was deemed a ‘disproportionate use of force’.

A Daily Mirror journalist claimed he had been assaulted by police despite telling them he was part of the press.

Police were also criticised for putting out a statement claiming officers had suffered broken bones and a collapsed lung – which turned out not to be the case.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Christopher Walls/REX (11833606k) Police clash violently with peaceful demonstrators in Bristol's third night of rioting. 'Kill the Bill' protest, Bristol, UK - 26 Mar 2021
People have been protesting against the Government’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which could hand the police more powers to tackle demonstrations (Picture: REX)

Two more protests are planned for tonight and Saturday evening.

Officers have urged organisers to get in touch so they can work together to arrange a peaceful protest.

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Avon and Somerset Police is now looking to track down 18 people in relation to the violence.

Senior investigating officer DCI James Riccio said: ‘Our investigation is continuing at pace and we continue to make significant progress in what is a really challenging inquiry.

‘We’ve had fantastic support from the public so far and for that we’re incredibly grateful.

‘I’d like to once again ask for your help to look at our gallery and see if you recognise any of the people in the images.

‘If you do, please contact us on 101 providing the call handler with the letter associated with the person/people.’

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