'Wanted' faces campaign paying dividends
A CAMPAIGN to catch criminals by releasing images of their faces is paying dividends.
Through 'Identify' Gloucestershire police are regularly releasing CCTV images, e-fits and "wanted" faces so that people can ring in with information to help solve crimes.
There have now been six arrests made directly as a result of Identify, which launched in July.
The latest images include people suspected of theft and shoplifting.
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The crimes featured this time include an alleged theft on Thursday August 16 at a shop in the Merrywalks Shopping Centre, in Stroud (crime number 19849/12).
Another took place on Friday August 3 when a man went into a shop in Parton Road, Churchdown, and allegedly stole some food (18640/12).
Also at around 11.30am on Friday July 13 a woman had her phone stolen from a bank in Westgate Street (16728/12).
On Friday August 3 at 2.45pm a handbag was stolen from Gloucester Cathedral, in College Green. The handbag contained a purse and mobile phone. A man was caught on CCTV acting suspiciously in the building and is suspected of stealing it (18668/12).
At around 8.30am on Tuesday July 10 a man was shopping in a supermarket in Bristol Road ,Quedgeley, Gloucester. His wallet fell out of his trouser pocket and on to the floor. A woman who was shopping with some children is believed to have pointed at the wallet, directing a child to pick it up, before they left the store (16572/12).
At 3pm on Thursday June 14, two women entered a shop in Long Street, Tetbury, and acted suspiciously. After they left, staff checked CCTV footage and established that the women appeared to have stolen toiletries (14220/12).
The images can be found at www.gloucestershire.police. uk/iDentify/item26924.html.
Anyone who recognises any of the faces should ring police on 101 quoting the incident number next to the appeal in question.
Callers can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.