Faces of Kent's 'most wanted' displayed in Dartford shopping centre
Published 25 June 2019
Matthew Scott has launched a new initiative to locate suspects wanted for offences around the Dartford area.
Images of wanted people are now being displayed on media screens within Orchards Shopping Centre. Shoppers are being asked to help bring offenders to justice by contacting police directly, or anonymously via the charity CrimeStoppers, if they have any information regarding a suspect's whereabouts.
The initiative is being run by Kent Police and CrimeStoppers and will see faces of a number of different suspects displayed on screens on a rotational basis.
Photos displayed will be in addition to the existing Wanted page on the Kent Police website, which provides details of outstanding suspects across the county.
A full listed of wanted people can also be viewed on the CrimeStoppers website.
Mr Scott, the elected Police and Crime Commissioner, said:
‘CrimeStoppers do fantastic work supporting Kent Police in bringing offenders to justice and screens like these, which my funding helps support, are proven to catch wanted people. We are sending a very clear message that Dartford town centre is no place for criminality. This is about residents, businesses, the council and the police all working together to ensure Kent remains a safe place to live, work and visit.’
Kent Police Chief Inspector for Citizens in Policing, Jason Wenlock, said:
‘Kent Police is committed to bringing offenders to justice and we are always looking for new ways to help catch suspects. Having screens in a busy area such as a shopping centre will hopefully allow more members of the public to assist us. I would urge anyone with information about the whereabouts of individuals they recognise to call us on 101.’
If you would prefer to remain completely anonymous contact CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111 or use their online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org.
As well as Chief Inspector Wenlock, the launch was attended by chair of Crimestoppers in Kent Peter Rolington, and representatives from other partners agencies including Dartford Borough Council.