Crimestoppers hold inaugural Eastern and South East regions conference in celebration of the charity’s 25th anniversary

We held our inaugural Eastern and South East regional conference in May 2013 in recognition of our 25th anniversary. Volunteers, staff, police colleagues and other stakeholders came together at Wyboston Lakes in Bedfordshire to celebrate the success of the charity.

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Sponsored by Riverside and Elle Security Group the conference was opened by the host county’s Chief Constable, Alfred Hitchcock and closed by Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Olly Martins.

Guest speakers included Crimestoppers Trustee Bill Griffiths, who detailed how he worked with Lord Ashcroft KCMG, PC to set up Crimestoppers in 1988, and Chief Executive Mick Laurie CBE, who set out his vision for the next quarter of a century.

Other guest speakers included Ann Oakes-Odger MBE, (founder and director of KnifeCrimes.Org and also a Crimestoppers volunteer), Chris Preddie OBE, (Dreams Become Reality and former Crimestoppers volunteer), and Tanya Whitney who is a Fearless Champion in Hertfordshire and who set up Billy’s Wish Foundation in memory of her step-son Billy Dove who was murdered just over a year ago.


“The day has been a huge success. The conference has left our staff, volunteers and partners all feeling inspired and motivated to continue fighting crime in our community. For me the highlight of the day was Billy’s Wish Foundation sharing their story about their son who was murdered by someone carrying a knife just over a year ago. They have chosen to help promote Fearless, Crimestoppers' youth service, as they strongly believe that had people known about Fearless then Billy may still be here today. That really put into context for everyone why we are proud to be part of this charity. Crimestoppers can and does save lives. A special mention should go the funders Riverside and Elle Security Group as none of this would have been possible without their support.”

Ann Scott Eastern Regional Manager


Over 150 people attended the event from Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Kent, London, Hampshire, Thames Valley, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Surrey. The list of attendees included Chief Constables, Police and Crime Commissioners, Community Safety Partnerships, Fire and Rescue Services, Youth Services and many others who share a collective interest in fighting crime.

(l-r) Paul Dove & Tanya Whitney from Billy’s Wish, CS Youth Projects Manager Kristina Gregory, CS East of England Regional Manager Ann Scott, Ann Oakes-Odger MBE from KnifeCrimes.Org She added:

“This region has achieved a great deal in the last few years and every single volunteer has played their part in contributing to the wider charity’s success.  

"There has also been a dramatic increase in the hits to the website from those in this region. This is mainly down to the large amount of volunteers now out there tiresomely, but enthusiastically, promoting our youth brand and working with young people”.

After the conference Crimestoppers in this region will continue to celebrate its 25th anniversary by pledging to increase the amount of volunteers by 25%. If you would like be part of the charity please click here for more information about volunteering.