'Wanted' website winner for police

Last updated 06:33 25/01/2013

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The Central Police District's new online "wanted persons" page is being hailed as a success after it led to six people being arrested in the six days since it launched.

The page listed the images of 20 people with warrants out for their arrest when it went live on the New Zealand Police website on Friday last week.

Of the six people arrested, three were thanks to direct information from the public, and the other three from information called in to the Crimestoppers hotline, Central District intelligence manadhger Inspector Peter Thurston said.

One of those people turned himself in before information received about him could be acted upon.

Those arrested were found throughout the district, in Feilding, Stratford, Palmerston North, Marton and New Plymouth.

The Central District’s wanted persons webpage and the overall ‘‘wanted to identify’’ page had a combined 7300 visits in the past week, he said.

It was a ‘‘fantastic response’’.

The page, accessed through the main police website, displays the age and name of people wanted by police, along with their mugshot, a short description and what they are wanted for.

Mr Thurston said that as soon as he was notified someone on the site had been confirmed as located, the images were taken down and replaced with those of others in the district on the wanted list.

He was planning on keeping the number of mugshots on the site at about 20, with a mix of people from throughout the district.

Of the latest batch of images, posted yesterday afternoon, 10 were wanted for failing to appear in court, eight for breaching community work, one for breaching court release conditions and one for breaching supervision.

However, not everyone who goes up on the page will have a warrant out for their arrest; some may just be wanted by police to talk to.

The page can be seen at police.govt.nz/wanteds.

Anyone with information regarding any of the people on the page, or their activities, are asked to contact their local police station, or send police an email at centralwanteds @police.govt.nz.

Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously through Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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- Manawatu Standard

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