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Thursday, 13 September, 2001, 12:43 GMT 13:43 UK
Police seize riot suspects
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Police raided homes in Bradford, Keighley and Halifax
Police hunting suspects involved in the Bradford riots have arrested 12 people after raids at homes across the region.

Detectives from West Yorkshire police targeted addresses in Bradford, Halifax and Keighley as they continued the investigation into some of the fiercest clashes seen on mainland streets for 20 years.

About 100 officers were involved in the raids, including some from neighbouring Greater Manchester Police, and one of the men arrested was being questioned about rioting in Oldham.

One of those arrested, a 22-year-old man from Keighley, was found hiding in the base of his parents' bed.

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More than 300 officers were injured during the riot
About 60 officers are involved in the investigation of more than 300 crimes committed during the Bradford disturbances, ranging from criminal damage to assaults on police.

A total of 81 people had already been arrested in connection with the riots before the latest series of raids.

A spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police said: "Police in Bradford have carried out an operation across the city in connection with serious disturbances in the Whetley Hill and Manningham areas of the city on 7 July.

"Officers targeted addresses in Manningham, Girlington, Heaton and Toller Lane in Bradford, as well as addresses in Halifax and Keighley."

'Arrest operations'

Detective Chief Superintendent Max McLean, who is leading the investigation, said: "This is the first of a number of arrest operations we will be carrying out in relation to this serious disorder and emphasises our commitment to catch those responsible."

The violence was sparked by an Anti-Nazi League demonstration against the National Front.

Trouble broke out in the city centre after a group of white youths left a pub and began shouting racial insults at the crowd.

Violence flared

Later in the evening the trouble moved to Manningham, on the outskirts of the city, where petrol bombs were thrown at police and burning barricades were set up in White Abbey Road.

More than 300 officers were injured and dozens of arrests were made during the rioting.

Violence also flared on the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, but not on the same scale.

Damage caused during the rioting has been estimated at more than 20m.

To help catch those involved in the rioting, detectives released a series of 60 photographs of suspects captured on CCTV footage and from the police's own videos of the disturbances.

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