New photos released by police investigating the toppling of the statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol

Toppling of statue of slave trader Edward Colston during a Black Lives Matter protest in June 2020, credit ITV West Country
Police have issued new photos of people they would like to speak to about the toppling of the statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol. Credit: ITV West Country

Police have released new photos of eight people they would like to speak to about damage to the statue of Edward Colston toppled during a Black Lives Matter march in Bristol.

The statue of the slave trader was pulled from its plinth with ropes during the protest on Sunday 7 June 2020.

It was then covered with graffiti and rolled through the city before being thrown into the harbour.

The statue of slave trader Edward Colston is rolled into Bristol harbour during a Black Lives Matter protest in June 2020. Credit: PA

The statue has since been removed from the water and restored - although the graffiti will remain to mark its recent history. It is expected that it will be housed in a museum in the city.

Avon and Somerset Police say the tearing down of the statue is 'an act of criminal damage'. They decided not intervene at the time of the vandalism but are carrying out an investigation into what happened.

Officers have issued new photos of eight people they still want to speak to about the damage.

Images released by police of 'Person C' and 'Person D' Credit: Avon and Somerset Police
Images released by police of 'Person E' and 'Person G'. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police
Images released by police of 'Person H' and 'Person J'. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police
Images released by police of 'Person L' and 'Person T' Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police have spoken to or want to speak to 18 people about the incident. Seven have been interviewed, while a 24-year-old man from Eastleigh, Hampshire, was arrested and released under investigation.

A 27-year-old man was previously arrested and later released with no further action taken.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting the reference number 5220123926.