Top Ten Suspects From Riots In Clapham Junction

Detectives are hunting those who took part in August’s violent disturbances

The images, which can be seen below, were published on Wednesday, and show the faces of ten people they want to trace in connection with the looting of shops in Clapham Junction town centre.

One of the images shows one looter brazenly carrying off a large Panasonic music centre. Another shows a blonde woman, surrounded by looted debris, calmly helping herself to items inside a shop.

The latest set of images from Clapham Junction were among more than 200 published yesterday from disturbances across London as police step up their efforts to catch offenders.

So far 3,269 people have been arrested by the Met for offences ranging from burglary, theft and handling stolen goods to violent disorder and assault. Across the capital a total of 22 London boroughs were affected by August's disturbances.

Commander Steve Rodhouse, who is leading the Met's ongoing efforts to catch those responsible - Operation Withern - said:
"I would like to thank the public for continuing to assist us with this investigation, without their help positive identifications on several images would not have been made.  Four months on from the disorder my team of officers remain absolutely committed to identifying, arresting and charging those involved in the criminality that took place." 

 Clapham Junction's top ten most wanted

Commander Rodhouse continued:
"The investigation is a huge challenge and one that will continue for some time to come, but I want to reassure London's communities that we are determined to bring those who committed these outrageous crimes to justice and more arrests will follow. I urge anyone with any information to come forward."

Anyone who can identify people shown in the images can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 - doing so anonymously if they wish. If the information leads to an individual being arrested and charged then those who provided that information could earn a community reward of up to £1,000.

Images of all the suspects currently being hunted by police as part of the Operation Wither winter campaign can be seen here.  To view others - and to see the faces of many who have already been convicted and sentenced for their part in the disturbances, visit the Met's Flickr page


December 15, 2011