Crimestoppers broadcasts face of ‘Most Wanted’ London men across the UK
The faces of three of London’s ‘Most Wanted’ are set to be broadcast across the UK by Crimestoppers this week as the charity marks 10 years of its Most Wanted online gallery.
Levi John Cole, 35, is being sought by City of London Police on warrant for boiler room fraud, which has seen more than 100 members of the public defrauded of their savings. The total losses are over £300,000.
Stephen Evans, 27, and James O’Connor, 23, are wanted by the Metropolitan Police Service in connection with a series of robberies and thefts where more than £300,000 worth of mobile phones have been stolen.
From today (November 17), their faces will appear with others wanted by UK police forces on a van fitted with a large digital screen that launches at the House of Lords before setting out on a UK-wide tour.
The tour comes exactly 10 years after Crimestoppers’ Most Wanted online gallery was launched in the UK.
To date, the site has listed a total of 12,524 appeals – 3,589 of which have been arrested.
Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC, Founder and Chair of Crimestoppers, said: “Most Wanted continues to be a success a decade after we launched it and we wanted to celebrate this milestone.
“A huge number of those who have been listed on the website have been arrested over the years and we hope this Most Wanted tour of the UK will increase that number.
“The digital screens will be hitting the streets, possibly going in to the cities and towns where these suspects are hiding.
“We urge the public to have a look at those screens when they pass by and, if you recognise any of the faces, contact Crimestoppers anonymously.”
Crimestoppers’ Most Wanted was launched on November 17 2005 and was, at the time, the first national online source of wanted individuals in the UK.
The site initially provided photographs and descriptions of known suspects before expanding to include an ‘unknowns’ section of CCTV images.
The aim was, and still is today, to give members of the public the opportunity to give information about any of the suspects to Crimestoppers anonymously.
It has proved a huge success. The site was heavily used following the London riots to identify suspects wanted in connection with looting and violence.
And it continues to be a useful tool for all of the UK Police Forces and wider law enforcement agencies.
Chief Inspector Doug Blackwood of the City of London Police said “Solving crime depends on information from the public.
“Without it policing would be working in the dark and many dangerous criminals would be walking the street.
“I would urge everyone to take a look at the faces of those currently wanted and call Crimestoppers if you recognise anyone.
Today the Crimestoppers Most Wanted site is proving to be as popular as ever – receiving around 30,000 views every month from the public.
Mark Hallas, CEO of Crimestoppers, said: “Most Wanted appeals to the nation’s ‘arm chair’ detectives – those who want to help fight crime from the safety of their own home and, above all else, anonymously.
“It was quite ground-breaking when it first launched as the first national online source of wanted individuals and it continues to be an important tool for UK law enforcement today.”
The Most Wanted anniversary will see a total of three vans fitted with large screens, which will travel 800 miles between them as they hit the streets of major cities on a tour through England, Wales and Scotland.
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Levi John Coyle, 35 (DOB: 13/05/1980): Wanted by City of London Police on warrant for boiler room fraud, during which more than 100 members of the public were defrauded of their savings; total losses are over £300,000.