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Crimestoppers finds 64% rise in Lincolnshire arrests and charges

Figures released by Crimestoppers show that the number of arrests and charges made through their referrals in the past 12 months in Lincolnshire has grown by more than 64%.

The crime-fighting organisation revealed that the charity passed on over 650 pieces of information to the police in the last year.

Across the UK, information passed onto the police by Crimestoppers increased slightly by just over one per cent, whilst the value of goods recovered also rose, with over £3.3 million worth seized.

Since Crimestoppers was formed in 1988, over 128,000 people have been arrested and charged, while 1.5 million pieces of information have been passed onto law enforcement agencies.

With the independent charity celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013, they say the increase highlights a growing awareness of its work in local communities, while also highlighting the significant role the public plays in the fight against crime.

Regional Manager for Lincolnshire, Kiran Dhanda, said: “What these results represent is a continued effort from the public and Crimestoppers to keep our communities safe and bring wanted criminals to justice.

“I cannot thank our local communities enough for their efforts and for trusting us with their information – and to our volunteers who dedicate so much of their time to ensure we continue the fight to provide a crime free community.”

The charity also put the numbers down to the number of dedicated volunteers, of which there are over 600.

This week is also National Volunteers Week, where the role of volunteers in Lincolnshire is being recognised in the effort help tackle the crimes affecting the area.

Lincolnshire Crimestoppers are currently seeking skills and experience in leading the committee as a Chair/Vice Chair, fundraising, PR, marketing and web-editing, and project management.

Dhanda added: “With your help, you can make these results even better next year by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously about criminal activity you are aware of by contacting us on 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.”