We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Riot suspect photos posted on Flickr by Met Police

Police force asks locals to identify those caught on CCTV

The Metropolitan Police has begun posting on Flickr a set of photos from CCTV cameras of suspected London rioters, as it prepares a full-on bid to have the criminals identified by local people.

After days of rioting in London and the spread of violence to other UK cities including Manchester, Salford, Liverpool, Nottingham and Birmingham, the police have vowed to make public the images of those responsible.

The move marks a step by the police to make better use of social networking and other technology, after the rioters initially outmanoeuvred them using Twitter and BlackBerry Messenger to co-ordinate action. The police force said Flickr will host the photos "so that the public have as many opportunities as possible to help the Met identify those who committed violent and criminal acts on London's streets".

Following the pictures being live for one day, by 12pm on Wednesday they had been viewed nearly 300,000 times.

The initial batch of photos shows rioters caught on CCTV in Croydon and West Norwood, areas affected heavily on Monday night. More photos will be added over the coming days.

The Metropolitan Police said on its website that under Operation Withern it was aiming to "bring to justice those who have committed violent and criminal acts".

Commander Simon Foy said: "Those who have or intend to go out and commit violent, criminal acts should be warned. We will have photographs and evidence that we will use to identify you and bring you to justice."

Suspect photos on Flickr

UPDATE: Forces across the country add suspect photos


IDG UK Sites

Best January sales 2015 UK tech deals LIVE: Best New Year bargains and savings on phones, tablets,...

IDG UK Sites

Chromebooks: ready for the prime time (but not for everybody)

IDG UK Sites

Best Photoshop Tutorials 2014: 10 inspiring step-by-step guides to creating amazing art,...

IDG UK Sites

Apple TV expert tips: get US Apple TV content, watch Google Play, use multiple Apple IDs and more