Ex-gang members, victims of crime, community volunteers and law enforcement came together in March 2013 to discuss how more criminals can be caught across the East and West Midlands, thanks to the charity, Crimestoppers.
The first Crimestoppers Midlands Conference, held in Rugby, celebrated 25 years of success of the charity in the UK and encouraged fresh ideas from community safety representatives in reducing the threat of crime.
Ex-gang members, now working with Crimestoppers’ youth service, ‘Fearless’, talked about the innovative work of the charity to engage with young people to stand up to crime safely. Amongst these individuals was Greg Gibson, who has been a volunteer with the Fearless Team for the past two and a half years. Greg spent his time hanging around in gangs from the age of 11 and had been excluded from school, but managed to turn his life around.
Bill Cullen, Deputy Chief Executive, Hinckley & Bosworth Council and Volunteer Crimestoppers Chair for the East Midlands said: “Young people who are close to criminals and who are afraid to talk to police need Crimestoppers. It is our responsibility to help them.
The importance of helping young people was also addressed by Bill Griffiths, a long-serving Trustee of the charity who first brought Crimestoppers to the UK in 1980’s; “There is a need to focus on young people as they make up a large proportion of victims of crime. The charity works with the community, police and media to fight crime successfully.”
If you have information on a crime and want to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form.