A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after the statue of Edward Colston was pulled down in Bristol.
Avon and Somerset police launched a criminal damage investigation after the statue of the 17th-century slave trader was torn down and thrown into Bristol Harbour on June 7.
The 18ft statue was pulled from its plinth by Black Lives Matter protesters at 2.30pm, defaced and dragged through the city in retaliation to the death George Floyd who died while he was under arrest in Minneapolis, US, in May.
Avon and Somerset police said they were hunting for 15 people they wanted to speak to in relation to the incident.
The force said the man arrested had been released under investigation and enquiries were ongoing into the incident.
Detective Superintendent Liz Hughes said at the time that "in the eyes of the law" a crime had been committed and she and the team were "duty bound to investigate without fear or favour."
She called for the public to help police identify the CCTV images, saying: "We've made a small handful of identifications and we've spoken to some of those individuals.'
"They will be coming in for voluntary interviews in the coming days.
"However, despite every effort being made to identify the remaining people we'd like to talk to, we still don't know who they are which is why we're now releasing images of them in the hope the public can help.
There's no denying it has polarised public opinion – but in the eyes of the law a crime has been committed and we're duty-bound to investigate this without fear or favour.
"Some of the images are not as clear as we'd like, and some of those we want to identify are wearing masks but we're confident someone will know them and be able to provide us with their name."
The statue had been in the city centre since 1895.
The bronze statue had caused anger and controversy among the people of Bristol for years, with campaigns to have it removed
Edward Colston's ships captured around 80,000 men, women and children from Africa and transported them to the Americas between 1672 and 1689.
After it was toppled, it was thrown in the water near Pero's Bridge – named in honour of an enslaved man.
Just days after it was tossed into the water, council workers rescued the Colston effigy from its watery grave and it will be given a new home in a city museum along with the Black Lives Matter placards.
The toppling last month was slammed by MPs, with Home Secretary Priti Patel describing the moment as "utterly disgraceful" and "completely unacceptable."
Prime Minister Boris Johnson branded the incident a "criminal act" and called for police action.
Det Supt Hughes added: "The incident attracted worldwide attention and there's no denying it has polarised public opinion – but in the eyes of the law a crime has been committed and we're duty-bound to investigate this without fear or favour.
"I'd like to reassure people we're carrying out a thorough, fair and proportionate investigation and have sought early investigative advice from the Crown Prosecution Service."
Anyone with information relating to the CCTV images has been asked to contact the Avon and Somerset Police on 101, providing the reference number 5220123926, or anonymously via the Crimestoppers charity.
Statues throughout the UK have been targeted by Black Lives Matter demonstrators, with some demanding the removal of Churchill's statue in Parliament Square in London.
The statue of wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston was daubed with graffiti accusing him of being a racist.
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