Police have raided 15 properties across West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester after violence erupted at a Tommy Robinson rally.
Greater Manchester Police executed the warrants as part of an ongoing investigation into the disorder in the Limeside area of Oldham on Saturday May 18 this year.
Police cars were smashed, bricks were thrown and fireworks were aimed into crowds of people when the activist – real name: Stephen Yaxley-Lennon – was campaigning to be an MEP.
Police launched Operation Woodville to bring the offenders justice and have now arrested 13 men, aged between 15 and 40, on suspicion of violent disorder.
14 of the raided properties were in Oldham and Crumpsall, while one was in Halifax.
They would also like to speak to 26 other people as part of the ongoing investigation and have released images of them today.
Chief Superintendent Neil Evans of GMP said, “Investigators have been working alongside key local partners as part of our extensive enquiries. Specialist detectives from our Major Investigations Team as well as local officers have been involved in hours
“While we have made a number of arrests, our enquiries remain very much ongoing.
“In conjunction with this morning’s positive action, we have released a number of images of people who we want to speak to concerning their actions on 18 May 2019.
Information can be left with police on 0161 856 6551 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.