Webpage helps catch criminals

KATHRYN KING
Last updated 07:38 18/02/2013

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Less than a month since it launched, the Central District police's "Wanted to Arrest" webpage has seen 10 people arrested.

The Central District was the third police area to go live with "Can You Identify?" and "Wanted to Arrest" webpages. Both pages can be accessed through the main police website.

The "Wanted to Arrest" page displays the age and name of people wanted by police, along with their mugshot, a short description and what they are wanted for.

Since going live with the webpages, four people have been found from Palmerston North, two from Marton, and one each from Levin, Whanganui, Stratford and New Plymouth.

Central District intelligence manager Inspector Peter Thurston said the Central District webpages had a combined total of over 12,670 visits since they were launched. "It's been just under a month since the webpages were launched and we have had some great successes."

In addition to the people located, information on others featured on the pages continued to come in, he said.

"The response from the public has been fantastic and we are greatly appreciative of their support.

"We have even had someone send us information from as far away as Australia."

Thirteen new wanted people were uploaded to the "Wanted to Arrest" webpage on Friday from a range of locations including Taranaki, Taumarunui, New Plymouth, Levin, Horowhenua, and Palmerston North. As soon as someone was found, their image was taken down, Mr Thurston said.

"New faces go up on a regular basis and we encourage the public and local media to keep checking out the pages. Your support is vital in keeping our communities safe," Mr Thurston said.

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.

If you have information about the people on the page, call your local police, send them an email at centralwanteds@police.govt.nz, or use the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

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- Manawatu Standard

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