Police publish photos of football rioters

24th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

24 May 2005, AMSTERDAM — Photographs of 12 men suspected of involvement in the riots at a Feyenoord-Ajax football clash in April were broadcast on crimestopper show Opsporing Verzocht on Monday night.

24 May 2005

AMSTERDAM — Photographs of 12 men suspected of involvement in the riots at a Feyenoord-Ajax football clash in April were broadcast on crimestopper show Opsporing Verzocht on Monday night.

Police hope to identify the suspects by publishing their photos on television and the internet. The photos originate from the video footage police recorded during the rioting.

Some 200 tips have been phoned into police after the Monday night broadcast, 23 of which were useful, Radio 1 reported. More tips are expected on Tuesday.

Several dozen photos have also been placed on the internet, leading to 53 tips. It is not yet certain whether these tips have led to the identification of suspects, website nieuws.nl said.

Some 25 police officers were injured when Feyenoord fans battled police as they tried to reach a train full of Ajax fans after the premier division match at the Rotterdam stadium De Kuip on 17 April.

Police are now compiling 250 dossiers on suspected hooligans or what Rotterdam police chief Aad Meijboom has described as "football crazies".

In the coming period, more photos of unidentified hooligans will be placed on the website of the Rotterdam police corps (politie-rotterdam-rijnmond.nl). There are currently 60 photos on the website.

Anyone who wants to prevent their photo being placed on the internet or have it removed from public view should report to police. 

Two suspects contacted the police prior to the Monday night broadcast and another two reported to police on Tuesday.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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