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Bristol riots: CCTV images released

New images and CCTV footage of people police want to trace in connection with disorder in Bristol have been released.

The new images were taken at the height of the unrest in the Stokes Croft and St Pauls area of the city on 8 August.

So far, 51 people have been arrested and 23 charged for offences including violent disorder, criminal damage and assaulting police officers.

Anyone who recognises or can identify any of the people in the footage is being asked to contact police.

The newly released footage shows crowds advancing along Surrey Street between Portland and Brunswick Square in the city.

Police said they are currently arresting more suspects in connection with the disturbances.

None of those charged has been sentenced yet but Det Ch Insp Will White, from Avon and Somerset Police, has defended the tougher sentences being given to those involved in the riots elsewhere.

"There's been a very strong approach from everyone from the government to the judiciary to the police, to make sure that there's not a recurrence," he said.

"The seriousness of what's happened here is reflected in the sentences that have been given out and I think that's the right message to be sent out."

Unrest began in Bristol on Monday, 8 August and there was smaller scale disorder in the city the following day.

The disturbances followed days of rioting in London which began after a peaceful protest over the fatal shooting by police of a man in Tottenham.

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