Police hand out offender's photo in Bingham

Police said they have 100% support from residents for the campaign

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Police in Nottinghamshire are handing out photographs of a convicted drug dealer to "make an example" of him.

The leaflets are being distributed in Bingham following the sentencing of local man Alistair Dobson, 19, for supplying class B drugs.

He was given a 12-month community order and 200 hours unpaid work.

The force believes that publicising the conviction will deter other criminals and increase confidence in the police.

Insp Phil Hallam said: "We do get a lot of support from the community particularly around drugs intelligence.

"This is a conviction of note and hopefully will deter others who want to come into Rushcliffe South and deal drugs or commit other serious crime."

Offenders 'stigmatised'

Police plan to make examples of other people convicted of crimes including thefts, burglary and anti-social behaviour in the future.

A spokesman from Nacro, a charity which works with the justice system to reduce reoffending, said while people should be kept informed about efforts to tackle crime, it did not agree with the move.

"Posting leaflets with mugshots could make things worse and lead to more crime. If we want people to stop offending, they need to be able to change their lives and go straight.

"These leaflets stigmatise offenders - and their families - and could make it harder for them to resettle back into their neighbourhoods. Instead of acting as a deterrent, this could make communities less safe in the long run."

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