Police Investigate Animal Cruelty and Criminal Damage At Protest

North West Metro Regional Crime Squad detectives are investigating animal cruelty, criminal damage and theft during a protest in Melbourne’s CBD yesterday.

Investigators are seeking public assistance to identify five people who attended the protest at The Shrine of Remembrance on Friday 23 October.

Victoria Police has released images and footage of the people they would like to speak to in relation to these incidents.

Police would like to speak to the man in relation to animal cruelty after several police horses were hit in the face with a flagpole.

Police would also like to speak to the woman pictured below in relation to animal cruelty after the horses were also kicked.

The horses were not injured during the incident.

The two men pictured below in relation to criminal damage of a police vehicle.

A fourth man pictured below in relation to the theft of a police hat.

Victoria Police will continue to conduct proactive patrols and anyone who deliberately and blatantly breaches the Chief Health Officer’s (CHO) directions can expect a swift and strong police response.

Victoria Police will not hesitate to fine those who clearly and blatantly breach the CHO directions.

Anyone with information or footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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