POLICE have vowed to hunt down every troublemaker responsible for disturbances at the Scottish Cup final – as they warned none of those involved would be let “off the hook”.
They have released images of 12 people – among them a female fan – who are wanted in connection with the scenes that marred Hibs’ 3-2 victory over Rangers at Hampden.
This follows a similar move earlier in the month when images of 13 other individuals were published.
A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: “We are very encouraged by the responses we have received so far.
“The images released earlier in the month led to two arrests. Anyone involved in those disturbances after the cup final might think that sufficient time has passed now and they are off the hook. They would be mistaken.”
An 18-year-old man was arrested on Sunday, July 3, and a 27-year-old man was arrested the following day over alleged violence and disorder at the match on May 21.
Detective Superintendent Kenny Graham said: “This is a large-scale investigation into the multiple acts of violence, disorder and vandalism, involving large numbers of people which occurred in the aftermath of the Scottish Cup final.
“I have a team of officers which has been working extensively to identify those individuals involved in violence and disorder, regardless of the colour of their scarf.
“Let me be very clear about this investigation: it is wide-ranging but utterly focused on those involved in violence and disorder.
“Due to the significant number of people concerned, there are three distinct phases to the investigation.
“Firstly focusing on those involved in the most serious acts of violence, then those involved in disorder, and lastly those embroiled in acts of vandalism such as wrecking signage and goalposts.”
He added: “Identifying those concerned takes time but be in no doubt, if you were involved in these acts of disorder, expect a police officer to be knocking on your door.”
Hibs have also slapped bans on supporters for a range of offences, including violence towards other fans.
Sanctions including life and indefinite bans have been imposed so far.
Easter Road chief executive Leeann Dempster has warned supporters against “violent or disorderly” conduct following the Hampden pitch invasion.