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Birmingham riots: Dozens call police after TV appeal

EDL and police, birmingham demo 2013
Image caption Police estimate 2,000 protestors were in Birmingham for last July's demonstrations

Eight people have identified themselves to police after a Crimewatch appeal for information about an English Defence League (EDL) rally in Birmingham.

More than 70 people called police after the images were broadcast on Wednesday.

Images of 57 people were shown along with footage of last summer's demonstration, where violence erupted and protestors clashed with police.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said it is "just a matter of time" before all culprits are identified.

EDL supporters gathered in Centenary Square from noon on 20 July for the event. People staging a counter demonstration met in Chamberlain Square at the same time.

Police estimate 2,000 protestors were in the city on the day.

Wednesday's edition of Crimewatch appealed for information to trace 64 suspects.

Det Ch Insp Simon Wallis, from West Midlands Police's criminal investigation unit, thanked the public for contacting them with names and information following the appeal.

He said: "We are at the stage now where the best thing offenders can do is hand themselves in at their nearest police station".

Police said 40 people have already been apprehended on suspicion of violent disorder following the fracas, with 20 detained by officers on the day.

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