Mosque protest pair are wanted by police

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POLICE want to trace this man and woman in connection with disorder outside a mosque in Southsea.

Detectives have released these images as part of their ongoing investigation into a demonstration involving 100 people at the Jami mosque on Victoria Road North last year.

A number of objects were thrown and one man was arrested and charged for affray and assaulting a police officer.

Police are now hoping the public will help them identify these two who they say were involved in the disorder at around 5pm on Saturday, November 13.

Portsmouth south commander Chief Inspector Dave Humphries said: 'This was an unusual event for the city.

'Our priority at the time was to ensure the safety of all those involved.

'We've been viewing the video evidence gathered at the time to try and identify those involved in the disorder.

'I'm hoping that by releasing these stills to the wider public, the people identified will come forward and make themselves known to us or that someone who recognises them will tell us who they are.

'If you're concerned about providing information to us, please be assured that all calls are treated in confidence.'

The protest was sparked after a small group of Muslims - not from the city - burned poppies in London during the two-minute silence on Armistice Day.

The protest started with a few demonstrators gathering from midday on November 13.

It broke for Pompey's home match against Doncaster Rovers and gathered again afterwards, with scores more taking part.

Peace campaigners also gathered outside in support of the Muslim community.

Shouting between the two groups then ensued with objects, including firecrackers and eggs, being thrown.

The previous day a poppy had been spray-painted on to the Jami Mosque.

Police say anyone with information about the two pictured in the stills should contact Portsmouth CID at Fratton police station on 101 or 0845 045 45 45.

Alternatively call the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.