Detectives continue Ballyclare riot probe

Police investigating serious public disorder in Ballyclare in July this year would like to speak to this man. INNT 50-524CON
Police investigating serious public disorder in Ballyclare in July this year would like to speak to this man. INNT 50-524CON

Detectives investigating serious public disorder in Ballyclare in July this year have released another image of a man they would like to speak to.

To date, a total of 19 people have been arrested in connection with the riot, which happened in the Grange Estate and Doagh Road areas of the town on July 9. Of these, 13 have been charged, three have been reported to the Public Prosecution Service and three were released.

The detective heading the investigation, Detective Inspector Ashley Wright said: “We have made good progress in this investigation to date, however our enquiries are still ongoing. We are still working to identify the individuals involved and despite the passage of time we believe there are still some people out there that can assist us. They may have been involved in the disorder or they may just know who was involved. I would urge those people to get in touch.”

Trouble flared in the town after PSNI officers moved in to remove Union and paramilitary flags from lampposts near the Church of the Sacred Heart on the Doagh Road.

After a night of serious public disorder during which several police officers were injured, a senior PSNI officer apologised to the local community about the way the flags issue had been handled.

Investigating officers have appealed for anyone who can help them identify the man in the picture to call them on 0845 600 8000.