Teenager arrested over alleged violent disorder during tuition fees riot

POLICE have arrested a teenager on suspicion of violent disorder during the student fees protest.

The 17-year-old male student is the 63rd person to be arrested following the Millbank riot in central London.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman yesterday said the 17-year-old attended Stourbridge police station and was in custody.

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Last week officers investigating the riot released images of 13 protesters suspected of criminal offences.

The images were captured on CCTV cameras inside the office complex and on its roof as dozens of demonstrators stormed the building.

They were also filmed by officers stationed in the forecourt as more than a thousand people gathered outside the headquarters of the Conservative party.

During the National Union of Students' march against proposed rises in student tuition fees windows were smashed, graffiti daubed on walls and missiles, including a fire extinguisher, were thrown from the seventh-floor roof.

Dozens of people were hurt when 2,000 protesters split from the march to surround the Conservative HQ.

The four-hour standoff ended when police brought in more than a hundred extra officers to clear the building and the road outside.

It had begun as a peaceful protest attended by an estimated 25,000 people, angry at government plans to allow universities to charge up to 9,000 per year in tuition fees.

The Metropolitan Police have launched Operation Malone in a bid to trace those responsible for the violence and vandalism.