Posted by Editor on 29th January 2009 at 06:23 PM
UEFA Cup 2008 - Can you help us identify the offenders
Greater Manchester Police have released a website featuring pictures of 49 people they want to speak to in connection with the violence surrounding last year's UEFA Cup final. The appeal is featured on this weeks Crimewatch show.
GMP wants the public's help to identify those they believe were involved in the large-scale disorder.
Detective Superintendent Geoff Wessell, who is leading the investigation, said:
"May 14 2008 is a night when shameful violence marred what should have been a wonderful football showcase.
"We now want the public's help in putting names to the faces of the people we believe were involved in the violence.
"Those featured in the images were involved in violence ranging from attacks on police officers and property to general disorder.
"I ask that you take a few minutes to view the images and, if you recognise anyone, please fill in the simple on-line form with the offender's details. If necessary this can be done anonymously.
"It's a simple process that could help us put some violent people behind bars."
If you prefer to speak to a member of the investigation team please contact the dedicated Operation Gale hotline on 0161 856 4034.
Update 28th January
Detective Superintendent Geoff Wessell said: "This part of the operation has so far been extremely encouraging.
"We had nearly 66,000 viewings of the images and 76 online forms have been filled in by members of the public. There have so far been nearly 7,000 unique visitors to the site, which means it has been looked at by people on 7,000 different computers.
"In addition the incident room has received nearly 90 calls and, as a result of the public's assistance today, we have 29 further names.
"This is a fantastic start to the identity process and I want to thank everyone who has called or visited our website.
"However it is early days and this stage of the operation has a long way to run. We want people to continue looking at the images online and help us put these violent thugs behind bars.
"And don't forget - these people may have worn the colours of Rangers but they could be from anywhere in the UK."
If you can help identify the people involved click here
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