Representatives from Northamptonshire Crimestoppers and community leaders yesterday joined the county’s High Sheriff, Mr James Shepherd-Cross, for tea at his home to network and discuss issues facing communities within the county.

The event was planned to raise general awareness of Crimestoppers and its work. Local leaders, and individuals who work in the county, were invited to find out more about the crime-fighting charity, enabling them to spread the message to their communities and service users.

Northamptonshire Crimestoppers’ Chairperson, Sylvia Hughes, said: “We are delighted to have been invited to the High Sheriff’s home and are truly grateful for the support that Mr Shepherd-Cross extends to our charity. Over 50 people attended the event from community groups, schools and agencies that work with the various communities within Northamptonshire. They were all very interested to hear about the work of Crimestoppers and raise awareness in their groups.”

The High Sheriff of Northamptonshire, Mr James Shepherd-Cross, said: “Crimestoppers works hard to make a real difference within Northamptonshire communities so I was only too delighted to hear that information received by the charity has increased 9% on the previous year. This is a fantastic trend that we need to continue.”

Crimestoppers’ Chief Executive, Mark Hallas, added: “Crimestoppers empowers people to give information about criminals safely and anonymously. The volunteer committee in Northamptonshire is moving from strength to strength and we are truly grateful to Mr Shepherd-Cross for presenting us with the opportunity to make more people aware of the great work that is being done in this county.”

Anyone with information or suspicions concerning criminal activity should ring the Crimestoppers national 24/7 telephone number on 0800 555 111 or contact the charity via our Anonymous Online Form.

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For more information please contact Crimestoppers Regional Manager Kiran Dhanda on 07827 995358 / email kiran.dhanda@crimestoppers-uk.org or Media Officer Fiona Murton-Taylor on 0208 835 3752 / email fiona.murton-taylor@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 ‘giving information’ form via our website www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
  • 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.