Police release horrifying video of Bristol Kill The BIll protestor trying to set light to force van with officers still inside as they launch hunt for suspect
- Video was taken during the violent ‘Kill the Bill’ disorder in the city on Sunday
- It shows a lit item placed under a police van while a police officer was inside
- New footage is part of an appeal to identify a series of people at the riot
A still image of the man police would like to identify in connection with this incident has also been released
Police have released footage from the Bristol riots of a suspect placing burning card under a police van – with officers inside.
Officers are investigating assaults on 40 officers and one member of the media at the riot on Sunday, which followed a peaceful protest in the city centre.
Nine people have been arrested in connection with the disorder, which saw police officers injured, police vehicles set on fire and the windows of a police station smashed.
Newly released footage, taken during the violent ‘Kill the Bill’ disorder in the city on Sunday, shows the moment a lit item was placed under a police van while a police officer was inside.
A still image of the man police would like to identify in connection with this incident has also been released.
An officer has described first hearing on the radio how colleagues were being injured outside the Bridewell police station.
They said: ‘I was aware from the radio that my colleagues were under attack outside the front of Bridewell police station where damage had been caused.
‘I could hear screaming and shouting from the officers as they were being attacked – a call was made for vehicles to be used to assist officers.
‘The only way to protect my colleagues was to place the vehicle across, side on, in front of them to offer protection.
‘There were glass bottles, rocks as big as fists, pallets, fences and other objects strewn across the road and being used against the police.
‘Whilst in the vehicle, a number of people attempted to gain entry to it, however the vehicle was bolted shut.
‘I was aware of the smell of burning and CCTV reported that people were attempting to set the vehicle tyres alight, with me still in it, and so I began to prepare to decamp the vehicle.’
The new footage is part of an appeal by police to identify a series of people pictured during the riot.
Ch Supt Carolyn Belafonte, who is overseeing the investigation into the disorder, said: ‘This officer’s account is just one of many we’ve gathered from our colleagues at the scene of this terrifying incident.
‘It’s upsetting to hear how colleagues feared for their lives that night and it strengthens our resolve to bring all those responsible to justice.
Newly released footage, taken during the violent ‘Kill the Bill’ disorder in the city on Sunday, shows the moment a lit item was placed under a police van while a police officer was inside
‘Our investigation is continuing at pace but it is painstaking work.
‘Our online gallery, which currently has 18 images within it, has been viewed more than 80,000 times since it was launched – and we’ve received more than 200 calls and around 280 evidential submissions from the public to date.. This is a phenomenal response and we’re grateful for every piece of information.
‘I would ask people to look at the latest image we have released and call us if you know who it is – or you can provide information via a dedicated form on our website.’
A second protest against the Government’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill took place in Bristol on Tuesday, resulting in 14 arrests.
Around 3,000 people had attended a peaceful demonstration on College Green but events turned violent after about 500 people descended on Bridewell police station.
Police have released images of 18 people they want to identify following the protest on Sunday.
These images have been posted on an online gallery, which has been viewed more than 80,000 times.
The force has received around 280 submissions after appealing for members of the public to supply footage or information about those involved, as well as more than 200 calls.
Two officers taken to hospital during the riot were later found not to have suffered broken bones.