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13 April 2011, 17:30
From this week people in Sussex will be able to play a greater role in bringing offenders to justice, with the launch of a 'Most Wanted' website for the county.
The new website allows members of the public to look at pictures and E-fits of people currently sought by the police in Sussex. The site is run by the independent charity Crimestoppers, which allows people to give information about crime anonymously by telephone or via the Crimestoppers website.
From 12noon on Wednesday 13 April the gallery of Sussex's currently 'Most Wanted' criminals will be at; www.crimestoppers-uk.org/sussex.
The national 'Most Wanted' site, launched in 2005, has resulted in the arrest of more than 1000 criminals so far, for offences ranging from murder, rape and drug smuggling to robbery, assault and fraud
Kathy Burke, Chair of Sussex Crimestoppers, said: "The Crimestoppers Most Wanted website has been most successful nationally in helping to catch a criminal every other day. I am delighted that it is now going to feature criminals wanted in Sussex.
"It offers the public another opportunity to take a stand against crime. It not only helps locate criminals who have 'gone to ground' but also identifies people previously unknown to the police.
"The concept is very simple: if you recognise any of the individuals featured on the website, pass your information on to Crimestoppers anonymously either online or by calling 0800 555 111. You can also call Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999. Its simple but extremely effective, and is going to be an invaluable tool in helping bring criminals to justice."
Crimestoppers is not a part of the police, but information given anonymously by the public to Crimestoppers has been vital in solving crimes that otherwise would have been difficult to resolve.
Detective Superintendent Glenn Jones of Sussex Police, said: "'Most Wanted' has already proved itself to be a powerful tool in helping to identify, locate and arrest offenders.
"The invaluable work of Crimestoppers, and in particular the impact of 'Most Wanted', shows how important anonymous intelligence is in helping to solve crimes. Often members of the public hold crucial information that can bring offenders to justice, and Crimestoppers gives them a mechanism to share that information and allow us to act on it."