Members of the public are being asked to help police identify these eight people following the violent unrest which broke out in Whitehall during VE Day weekend.

A total of 15 people were arrested following the unrest on May 9, near Downing Street, which resulted in one police officer needing hospital treatment for a dislocated shoulder and another for a cut lip after being hit by a thrown object.

During the unrest, which flared up during protests against government spending cuts, The Women of World War II memorial in Westminster was defaced, an action which police condemned as “abhorrent”.

At the time Chief Superintendent Gerry Campbell, of the Met Police, said: “This is particularly abhorrent considering we are celebrating the 70th Anniversary of VE Day.”

Of the 15 arrests made, 12 were on suspicion of violent disorder and three for assault on police. All have been bailed pending further enquires.

Acting Commander Colin Morgan, of the Public Order Command said: “I’m urging anyone who recognises these men to come forward and assist us with our investigation.”

Anyone who can help can call contact the Public Order Investigation Unit on 020 8246 0076 or email them at quoting the reference on the picture. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.