The Metropolitan Police Service arrested nine wanted individuals in the run up to Christmas following a campaign that had their images widely circulated across London.
As part of the Met’s response to tackling violent crime in the capital, 20 individuals of particular interest were displayed on the side of a van that was driven across London.
The public were encouraged to, help keep their communities safe, by calling the police or using the hashtag #wantedwednesday when sharing the images or information as to the whereabouts of those featured.
In total, eight men and one woman aged between 19 – 46 years, were arrested over the two-week period the van was in operation. Three of these individuals handed themselves in just days before Christmas, in the belief they had known about or had seen the images of themselves. Those arrested were wanted for various offences including suspicion of robbery and possession of offensive weapons.
Detective Chief Superintendent Lee Hill, head of the Met’s Violent Crime Taskforce, said: “We thank the public for their assistance in providing valuable information to the police and applaud their courage in doing so.
“I know some people are reticent to pass on information such as this, but through the independent charity Crimestoppers, information can be passed one hundred per cent anonymously.
“Violence, drugs and other priority crimes, such as robbery, are of great concern, therefore the Met is committed to tackling them robustly and pursuing those we suspect to be involved in causing harm and attempting to evade justice. Help us to keep London safe.
“Enforcement operations and investigations are in place across the capital and we will continue to work tirelessly and utilising all tactics available to us, to identify and apprehend those serious and violent offenders.”
If you have any information about a crime or an individual/s connected to criminal activity, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers. They will never ask your name and cannot trace your call or the device you use. All the information you pass on is anonymous and the police don’t get any information as to who or where it might have come from. You can contact them via their website or by calling 0800 555 111.