Criminals are being brought to justice by West Midlands Police thanks to a crime-fighting ‘app’ that allows the public to view CCTV of wanted people while on the move.
The Facewatch application allows smartphone and tablet users to search for crime suspects thought to be operating in their area and to view their images; more than 100 people have now been arrested as a result of information provided by eagle-eyed members of the public.
The technology is also being used by businesses as an instant crime reporting tool which allows them to electronically provide police with CCTV pictures of suspects, statements and crime details to detectives within minutes. It's saving thousands of hours of police time and keeping cops on the street fighting crime.
A man who failed to appear at court in connection with downloading indecent images may have fled to Ireland as police renew their appeal for information.
David Swift, 53 of Phillip Sidney Road, Birmingham is believed to have fled the country after he failed to answer charges at Birmingham Crown Court in December last year.
Officers alerted all police forces following Swift’s disappearance and in March they issued a public appeal for information.
Since he failed to appear, officers have been searching for Swift and now believe that he may be in the Dublin area.
A former university lecturer has been given a three year community order and has to complete a sex offender work based programme after admitting possessing and distributing indecent images of children.
Martyn Lee, aged 54, from Eaves Green Lane in Meriden was sentenced at Warwick Crown Court yesterday (Thursday 27 August) along with former student Sophie Nightingale, aged 23, from Bath Lane, Hixon in Stafford with whom he had struck up a relationship in December 2013.
Police have arrested a man after a stolen vehicle was ‘stung’ in Great Barr this morning (27 August).
The black Ford Fiesta failed to stop for officers just after 11am on the M6 northbound between junctions 6 and 7, so a stinger was deployed as it exited at junction 7.