'Most wanted' website helps arrest 57 criminal suspects

A website launched last year to identify Thames Valley's most-wanted crime suspects has helped police make 57 arrests, according to Crimestoppers.

The website has featured 159 suspects from Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire since September 2010.

Crimestoppers, the charity which set up the site, said people had been able to see e-fits and CCTV footage of suspects the police want to trace.

Those featured included a suspected rapist and a prolific burglar.

Julia Hughes, projects co-ordinator for Thames Valley Crimestoppers, told the BBC: "In the first week it was launched, we had 10,000 visitors from the Thames Valley, looking at the most-wanted site.

"What we're looking to do now is to work more closely with police initiatives.

"At the moment there is a crackdown on fraudsters, so we can feature those suspects on the site."

Since it was started in 2005, the national most-wanted Crimestoppers site has been linked with more than 900 arrests.

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