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100,000 arrests from Crimestoppers

Crimestoppers has passed a major milestone with 100,000 suspects arrested following information passed to the crime-fighting charity.

The anonymous telephone helpline has passed information to thousands of police officers across Britain since it was formed in 1988.

Lord Ashcroft, who founded Crimestoppers, said the milestone was reached with the arrest of a Durham man on suspicion of burglary earlier this week.

He said: "These landmark figures are testimony to the way that the public has embraced Crimestoppers, and they are the result of an amazing amount of hard work from everyone associated with the charity."

Sir Hugh Orde, of the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), said the figure is testament to the valuable work of the charity.

He said: "Their appeals make a tangible difference to policing by allowing those with critical information to pass it on to the police anonymously."

An average of 21 people are currently arrested every day as a result of information passed to Crimestoppers.

Since 1988, 887 people have been charged with murder or attempted murder and drugs worth £189 million have been seized as a result of the charity's work.

Of the 100,000 arrests and charges more than 9,200 have been made in Manchester and London. A record 7,474 arrests were made last year.

:: Anyone with information about a crime can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or at


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