'We will take a zero-tolerance approach' Police appeal to trace 12 people suspected of offences at recent pro-Palestine protests

Thursday 2 November 2023

Police officers are asking for the public's help to identify 12 people suspected of committing offences at the recent pro-Palestine protests.

They have released images taken during the pro-Palestine protests in central London on Saturday, 14 and Saturday, 28 October of those suspected of a range of offences.

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets over the past three weeks to show their support for Palestinians amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.

While many of the protesters have been calling for an end to the airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, more troubling incidents have begun to surface with protesters chanting "jihad" or antisemitic insults.

Five people charged after the demonstration on Saturday where 100,000 took to central London in protest.

Suspects A (left), B (centre) and C (right)

Offences of the 12 suspects include using discriminatory language and causing an affray.

Thousands of officers were on-duty during the largely peaceful protests apart from a small number of people responsible for "unacceptable behaviour."

Met Commander Colin Wingrove said: “We will take a zero-tolerance approach to any behaviour which crosses the lines into criminality.

“We know that many people in London are feeling vulnerable following the terrorist attacks on Israel and subsequent conflict with Hamas.

Suspects D (left), E (centre) and F (right)

“It is completely unacceptable that a minority of people have used peaceful protest to foster hate and division.

“We know that others will be appalled as well and we ask for their help to identify these individuals and report other suspected hate crimes.”

Each image being released is identified by a letter:

All except for suspect H are believed to have caused racially aggravated alarm, harassment and distress, an offence under the Public Order Act.

Suspect H is thought to have caused affray.Anyone with information is asked to contact police by calling on 0208 246 9386 quoting Operation Brocks, or to tweet @MetCC.

To remain anonymous contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Suspects G (left), H (centre) and I (right)

Suspects J (left) and K and L (right)

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