In March 2016 we broadcast the faces of some of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight’s ‘Most Wanted’ criminals across the counties, following the success of our national ten year anniversary campaign in November 2015.
More than 100 faces are listed on the ‘Most Wanted’ gallery for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, for crimes ranging from burglary, drugs and criminal damage to assault.
The faces appeared on a van fitted with a large digital screen which travelled to Gosport and Havant.
To date, the site has listed over 13,050 appeals nationwide – 3,767 of whom have been arrested. Included in this number are Craig Ham and Liam Byres, both from Southampton, who were arrested following the publicity generated by the ten year anniversary campaign in November, when the screen visited Southampton.
Julia Hughes, Regional Manager for Crimestoppers in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, said: “The public are vital to the successful location and arrest of local ‘Most Wanted’ people. We urge everyone to have a look at these faces and, if you recognise any of the suspects, to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or fill in our Anonymous Online Form.
“You can be assured that your identity will never be revealed. We don’t want to know who you are, just what you know.”
Crimestoppers’ Most Wanted was launched on November 17, 2005 and was, at the time, the first national online source of wanted individuals in the UK.
Rebecca Colvin, Intelligence Development Manager for Hampshire Constabulary, said: “Crimestoppers’ Most Wanted gallery continues to be an integral tool for all of the police and wider law enforcement agencies.”
Today the Crimestoppers Most Wanted site is proving to be as popular as ever – receiving around 30,000 unique views every month from the public.
Simon Hayes, Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “As a past chairman of Crimestoppers I know and understand the value of these campaigns; I am very happy to financially support this ‘Most Wanted’ campaign in Hampshire.
“With two local arrests in two days following Crimestoppers’ national campaign, I hope that this local initiative can build upon such impressive results and bring more wanted criminals to justice.”
You can see more individuals wanted in Hampshire here.