WANTED: 22 down, 8 more Wiltshire suspects to find

Wanted this Winter (Wiltshire Police)

6:09am 22nd January 2018

Eagle eyed members of the public help have helped Wiltshire Police  locate 22 wanted people.

The Force wants to to say 'thank you' to the public for their amazing support of the recent 'Wanted this Winter' campaign.

From a starting list of 30, December's initiative saw 22 outstanding suspects successfully dealt with. That's helped saved hours of Police Officer's time which would otherwise have been spent trying to locate them.

The 'outstanding suspects' were written to explaining if that if they continued to refuse to engage with Police, the Force would use all the tools at its disposal to try and locate them, and swiftly. This included circulating an appeal with their photograph on social media.

NINE 'GIVE THEMSELVES UP'

After the initial letter was sent out nine suspects handed themselves in to stop their appeal going out to the public or were arrested.

Ten suspects were arrested after their Wanted this Winter appeal went out with information from members of the public, partner agencies and even an off duty police officer playing a key part in their arrest.

Three suspects engaged with police or handed themselves in at police stations after seeing their own appeal on social media.

Wiltshire Police's Adrian Burt told Spire FM:

"The Wanted this Winter campaign has been a great success for the Force with 22 suspects successfully dealt with."

"It has once again proven the power the public and social media has to support operational policing and solve crimes. Some of our appeals were shared hundreds of times by local communities. We would like to thank everyone who engaged with the campaign by either sharing our appeals or by passing us information on the whereabouts of wanted individuals. It made a real difference."

"A disproportionate amount of police time is spent trying to locate suspects who don't want to be found. By working with our communities to find these individuals more efficiently we have saved valuable officer time and resource which can be reinvested into community policing priorities."

8 MORE STILL TO FIND:

There are still 8 outstanding suspects from the campaign that the police are keen to speak to.

The full list of these suspects, and their photos, can be found on the Wiltshire Police website: www.wiltshire.police.uk

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of any of these suspects please call police on 101 or if you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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