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Posted by StreetSafe on June 25, 2010

For over two decades Crimestoppers has received telephone calls to 0800 555 111, or online information through, from the public in Cumbria and the rest of the UK, leading overall to:

• 21 people currently being arrested and charged every day
• 887 people being charged with murder/attempted murder since 1988
• Over £189 million of drugs being seized and the recovery of over £112 million of goods.

Last year (2009/10) was Crimestoppers’ most successful with 7,474 arrests and charges being made, over 2,000 higher than ten years ago.

Lord Ashcroft, KCMG, founder and Chairman of Crimestoppers, said: “Reaching this milestone shows the vital role Crimestoppers plays in the fight against crime and in making our country’s streets and communities safer. Many criminals would never have been caught without Crimestoppers.

“When I set up the charity more than 20 years ago, I wanted to empower the man -and woman – in the street with the means to hit back against criminals they could see were ruining our society – but without any risk of the informant being identified by those they were targeting. Anonymity for those providing information to the police has been the key to our success.

“These landmark figures are testimony to the way that the public has embraced Crimestoppers, and they are the result of an amazing amount of hard work from everyone associated with the charity. I am immensely proud of what Crimestoppers has achieved.”

Sir Hugh Orde, President of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), said: “This milestone is testament to the valuable contribution that Crimestoppers has made over more than two decades in assisting the police to bring offenders to justice.

“Their appeals make a tangible difference to policing by allowing those with critical information to pass it on to the police anonymously.”

Cumbria Constabulary’s Assistant Chief Constable Michelle Skeer said:
“Crimestoppers is a valuable tool used in the fight against crime in Cumbria and as public support for the charity has grown, the number of anonymous calls about crime in our county has increased.

“Over the last two years, 127 people were arrested or charged in Cumbria thanks to Crimestoppers. Providing absolute anonymity for callers is at the heart of its success and I would urge anyone with information that they think may be of assistance to the police, to pick up the phone and make that call.”

Crimestoppers has a proven history of getting public support to assist in locating and arresting people wanted for serious crimes.

In recent years, the charity has launched a number of specific initiatives including:

• Fearless – aimed at promoting and introducing young people to the service provided by the charity. Fearless also promotes Crimestoppers’ anonymous text messaging service on knife crime.
• Operation Captura and Operation Return – aimed at capturing criminals on the run in Spain and the Netherlands respectively. 34 fugitives of the 50 being sought have been captured as a result of Operation Captura.
• Most Wanted – The Crimestoppers web-site ( allows the public to view photos, watch CCTV footage and read descriptions of people who the police are currently looking for. Since November 2005, over 900 of those featured have been arrested.


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