Birmingham EDL protest: More suspects identified

Another 16 people have been identified after a Crimewatch appeal for information about an English Defence League (EDL) rally in Birmingham.

Images of 57 people were shown on BBC Crimewatch last week, along with footage of last summer’s demonstration, where protestors clashed with police.

The total number of people named following the appeal now stands at 24.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said it was “just a matter of time” before all culprits are identified.

EDL supporters gathered in Centenary Square from noon on 20 July 2013, for the event. People staging a counter demonstration met in Chamberlain Square at the same time.

Police estimate 2,000 protestors were in the city on the day.

Det Ch Insp Simon Wallis, of West Midlands Police’s criminal investigation unit, said: “We are at the stage now where the best thing offenders can do is hand themselves in at their nearest police station”.

Police said 40 people have already been apprehended on suspicion of violent disorder following the fracas, with 20 detained by officers on the day.

BBC News