4 September 2014

Independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers is today offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and charge of those responsible for an increasing number of incidents of gold thefts in Leicester.

Valuable and sentimental gold jewellery is being snatched from around victim’s necks by suspects, usually on bicycles who, following the incident, then make off at speed.  

Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information passed to the charity’s 0800 555 111 number that leads to the arrest and charge of the person or people responsible for this crime.

Kiran Dhanda, East Midlands Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, said: “These gold snatches are very upsetting for the victims who are losing gold jewellery that has great sentimental value to them.

“Stand up for your community and don’t let the perpetrator(s) get away with this; do the right thing by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously. I can guarantee that nobody will know you contacted us. You will not have to give a statement to the police or go to court – we have never broken our anonymity guarantee.”

If you have any information on this incident please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form.

Note: Rewards will only be payable for information passed to Crimestoppers’ 0800 555 111 number or via the Anonymous Online Form where users opt in for two-way communication and request a reward code. Information passed to police will not qualify. 

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For more information please contact Regional Manager Kiran Dhanda on 07827 995358 or email Kiran.dhanda@crimestoppers-uk.org.   

Notes to Editors:

  • Crimestoppers is an independent charity which helps the police to  solve crimes, making communities safer. It does this by operating the 24/7 telephone number 0800 555 111 which people can ring to pass on information about crimes anonymously. They can also use our Anonymous Online Form.
  • Around 20 people are arrested and charged every day as a result of information given to Crimestoppers.
  • Since Crimestoppers began in 1988, it has received over a million actionable calls, resulting in over 126,000 arrests and charges. Over £127 million worth of goods has been recovered and over £301 million worth of drugs has been seized.
  • In 2005, Crimestoppers launched the UK’s Most Wanted on its website which allows the public to view images of criminals and pass on vital information about their whereabouts. It has been highly successful with over 2,500 arrests to date.
  • Crimestoppers UK was founded by Lord Ashcroft, KCMG PC, Chairman of Trustees. In 1988, he launched Crimestoppers in the Metropolitan Police area. Crimestoppers’ ‘call to action’ is built on a three-way partnership between the business community, the police and the media.