Riot-related charge for St Helens man

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A ST Helens man has been charged in connection with last week’s high-profile riots.

Police confirmed on Sunday (August 14) that David Burrows, of Atlas Street, had been charged with a racially aggravated public order offence.

The 49-year-old was among 13 people charged across the region at the weekend in connection with last week’s disorder in Liverpool and Birkenhead, bringing the total number charged to 86.

Merseyside Police launched a large scale operation in the wake of the riots and, within days, more than 180 people had been arrested on suspicion of offences ranging from theft to assault and possession of offensive weapons.

Merseyside Police Chief Constable Jon Murphy said: “I have been appalled by the scenes of violence that we have seen, including attacks on four fire engines. The disorder, violence and damage was the result of a small minority of people engaged in criminal activity.

“There is absolutely no place for violence on our streets. I would urge anyone who has images of the disorder to send those images to our investigation team in order to help our investigation.

“We are determined to ensure that this minority of people are arrested, charged and put before the courts.”

Anyone with information or images of the disorder can e-mail them to: disorderinvestigation@merseyside.police.uk

Or call Merseyside Police on 0151 709 6010 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.