Police hunt petrol bomb thrower at protest

POLICE hunting those responsible for violence and criminal damage during student protests over tuition fees have released new images of suspects including a man throwing a petrol bomb.

The hooded figure can be seen running across Parliament Square and throwing a flaming bottle across a crowd of protesters.

The video was recorded by a member of public during one of the most violent days of demonstrations on December 9. Investigators have also obtained images of a second suspect attacking cars in a royal convoy in Regent Street on the same day.

He was also caught on camera kicking in the windows of a branch of Topshop in Oxford Circus and throwing a metal fence at police officers.

A further 10 still images have been released of people suspected of violence and other offences on November 24.

Senior officers at the Metropolitan Police in London have formed a specialist unit, dubbed Operation Malone, to bring those who broke the law to justice, having already arrested more than 200 suspects.

The latest appeal follows the imprisonment of Hampshire student Edward Woollard for throwing a fire extinguisher from the roof of the Millbank complex.

Det Chief Supt Matthew Horne, who is leading the inquiry, said: "The right to peaceful protest is fundamental.

"What we have released today is the unlawful side of protest. An individual throws what appears to be a petrol bomb, putting others in clear danger.

"Another young man is seen committing acts of suspected violent disorder in Parliament Square, attempting to cause damage to shops and attacking the Royal Convoy.

"We saw, this week, a young man with no criminal history sentenced to a substantial term of imprisonment for throwing a fire extinguisher off the roof of Millbank Tower.

"This clearly could have resulted in catastrophic injury to those below him."