Wanted Looters' Pics Paraded Around Manchester

12 August 2011, 16:16

Pictures of the people suspected of looting in Manchester and Salford's riots are being paraded through the city so the public can identify them.

The mug shots are being displayed on the side of police vans and driven around Manchester and Salford as part of the police's 'Shop A Looter' campaign.

The photos will also be projected onto big screens in Piccadilly Gardens and the Printworks.

Assistant Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Garry Shewan has said:

"We have been inundated with messages of support from people across Greater Manchester who share our commitment to rounding up all those who looted our cities.

Images and information about those involved have been flooding in to my officers and we want that spirit to continue. If you know anyone, please tell us who they are.

We said earlier this week that if anyone was captured on CCTV we would be coming to get you and we meant it."

Councillor Jim Battle, Manchester City Council's deputy leader, said:

"These are criminal looters who came to Manchester and tried to destroy our city centre. We support the promise that these people will be arrested and brought in front of the courts, but we must do this together and must have the help of real Mancunians who are proud of their city."

Councillor John Merry CBE, Leader of Salford City Council, said:

"We need to show these criminals they will not win.

Salford residents have been outraged by what has happened this week and many turned out to help clean up their city.

What we now need is their help to bring these criminals before the courts. We need to make the thugs who think it is ok to trash their own city understand that their vile actions have consequences."

Anyone with information can contact the police appeal line on 0800 092 0410 or upload pictures and footage through the official Greater Manchester Police Facebook page or anonymously on www.gmp.police.uk.

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