The Surrey Comet’s ‘Most Wanted’campaign has been praised by police after information from readers helped police make eight arrests.
The campaign was launched in October 2011 in conjunction with Kingston Police, and after the first edition two people came forward, followed by another three after the second round of appeals.
After last month’s appeal a further three people came forward including someone wanted on suspicion of defrauding a pensioner for roofing works.
A Kingston Police spokesman said:
Most Wanted has proved enormously successful with eight of the 15 people featured either handing themselves in or being arrested thanks to information provided by readers of the Surrey Comet.
Kingston police will continue to work in partnership with the Surrey Comet to bring those accused o justice.
News editor Julia Kennard said:
The success of the Surrey Comet’s Most Wanted is down to valuable partnership working with the police, but crucially depends on our readers to get results.
The response we have had shows how worthwhile and important these campaigns are, not just in building healthy relationships with the police and catching suspected criminals, but in engaging our readers too.