Investigation into violent disorder in Bristol

March 29 2021

Avon and Somerset police say they are making clear progress as they continue to investigate the violent disorder which broke out in Bristol city centre on Sunday 21 March.
Two further people, a 20-year-old man and a man refusing to provide details, were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and are in custody. This brings the total number of arrests so far to nine.
Of the nine arrests, seven men have previously been released under investigation in relation to their arrest for violent disorder. One of these seven – a 28-year-old man – has already appeared at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on a charge of possessing an offensive weapon.
The police are investigating assaults on 40 officers and one member of the media.
Following a full medical assessment of the two officers taken to hospital, neither was found to have suffered confirmed broken bones.
Fourteen people were arrested following a further protest late on March 23, which was dispersed by police, including teams from neighbouring forces.
Since launching a form for people to supply footage or give information about those involved on March 21, the police have had 210 submissions and a further 68 calls to their control room.
Chief  Superintendent Carolyn Belafonte, who made an appeal on BBC’s Crimewatch Roadshow, said: “As we said from the outset, this will be a substantial investigation which has the potential to be one of the largest in our history.
“The fact we’re investigating 40 assaults on officers and a member of the media as the result of one incident shows the scale of wanton disorder which took place that night.   
“Through painstaking work to examine more than two terabytes worth of digital footage, we believe we’re making clear progress to identify those responsible and anticipate further images will be released soon to the online gallery we’ve set up.
“One of the people we believe we’ve already identified is a suspect in the fire which destroyed a mobile community police station.`'
Anyone who has information is asked to call 101 and let the call handler know you’re phoning about Sunday’s incident.
 Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on the free and confidential 0800 555 111 or online.