The Metropolitan Police has started releasing the photographs of suspects found looting “from incidents of looting in Croydon over last night and in Norwood Road SE27 in the early hours of this morning” onto their Flickr website. More than 450 detectives have also been assigned to the case with some using leads from CCTV images.
Simon Foy, Head of Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said “Operation Withern is continuing apace. As well as the many arrests and charges the team is working hard to identify suspects.”
The Metropolitan Police have appealed that people who are able to identify the suspects call the Major Investigation Team on 020 8345 4142 and that “anyone can report crime and provide information anonymously” by calling 0800 555 111 for Crimestoppers.
Concerned internet users have started photo identification websites including Zavilla who are accepting photographs from email. They say “when a rioter is positively identified by several people, their information will be passed to police.” Catch a Looter and London Rioters also have published photographs of suspected rioters.
The Metropolitan Police so far arrested 768 people “in connection with violence, disorder and looting” as of August 10 according the Metropolitan Police Twitter.