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Bid to net the most wanted

PUBLISHED: 10:57 20 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:57 25 August 2010

A MOST-WANTED website has been launched by the Met in a bid to catch people suspected of serious crimes.

A MOST-WANTED website has been launched by the Met in a bid to catch people suspected of serious crimes.

The London's Most Wanted site is hosted by crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers and anybody who has information about any suspect can contact them anonymously.

It features suspected murderers, rapists, paedophiles, prolific burglars and violent offenders who have all escaped capture or are on the run.

James Macowen-May from Thamesmead is among the first to appear on the site, and is wanted in connection with a grievous bodily harm assault.

Met Deputy Commissioner Tim Godwin said: "The police work tirelessly to catch people who have committed, or are suspected of committing crimes but we will always need the public's help.

"This new website carries more information than ever before, allowing the public to search by crime type and location.

"It is a great tool that everyone can use to help make London even safer by helping us get criminals off our streets."

As a result of information passed to Crimestoppers 21 people are arrested nationally each day and charged and one person every nine days is charged with murder.

In London there has been an eight per cent increase in the number of people arrested and charged compared to last year and a 17 per cent increase in information received.

The new format for London's Most Wanted website will be on a larger scale and allow members of the public to search for wanted people on a geographic basis.

Founder and chair of Crimestoppers, Lord Ashcroft, said: "We undoubtedly have one of the most exciting and vibrant capital cities in the world so as a community we must take a stand against crime to help improve London even more.

"I strongly urge the public to take a look at London's Most Wanted site to see if you recognise any of the individuals and pass on information you may have about them to Crimestoppers. Information is vital in helping police capture criminals so they can face justice."

London's Most Wanted is on the Crimestoppers website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org/londonmostwanted or by calling 0800 555 111.

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