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Thursday, October 21, 1999 Published at 11:07 GMT 12:07 UK


Internet search for City rioters

Fourteen people were injured in the riots

Photographs of women taken during the City of London riots are among several posted on the internet by police who still hope to identify those involved.

The images were taken from footage of the violence on 18 June in which 28 police officers and 14 members of the public were injured.

[ image: Police hope public can identify rioters]
Police hope public can identify rioters
The violence in the Square Mile was the worst seen in London since the Trafalgar Square poll tax riots nine years ago.

Seventy pictures of rioters, mostly male but all "connected to serious offences" have been released.

The protest, dubbed Carnival Against Capitalism, was publicised on the Internet and police now hope to catch the organisers by using their own website -

A police spokesman said: "There were a significant number of women.

[ image: Several female faces appear]
Several female faces appear
"Some are on the face of it perfectly respectable people, but have been involved in these serious criminal offences.

"All criminals live in a community somewhere, and we would urge people to examine these photos and if they think they recognise them, to contact us."

More than £2m of damage was caused to the London International Futures Exchange building when 6,000 demonstrators ran riot.

Police are also seeking information on another woman, not pictured, who was seen by members of the public.

Described as smartly dressed in office clothes, she was overheard issuing instructions to rioters over her mobile phone.

Another ringleader wanted by police has been nicknamed Catwoman, after she was photographed wearing a distinctive mask as she broke up concrete blocks to make missiles.

Three other women were caught on camera.

[ image: Some involved were smartly dressed]
Some involved were smartly dressed
One, wearing a black V-neck top, was pictured handing over a bottle to a fellow rioter. A second was snapped making an obscene gesture at police.

A third, with long dark hair and sunglasses, was photographed in the middle of the rioting.

Detectives believe that "Catwoman", in her 20s, was among a group of two dozen rioters who attacked the Rabo Bank.

They used steel scaffold poles to smash their way into the building, which they ransacked.

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