New police group to hunt most wanted
23 April 2009
A NEW unit has been set up to hunt down Islington’s most wanted offenders – and detectives have released pictures of the latest people in their sights.
The new police Wanted Offenders Unit was set up this year to investigate cases where suspects had disappeared, or where previous lines of inquiry have proven unsuccessful.
Already the new team has made more than 100 arrests, and around 80 people have been put before the courts.
Officers have recovered many items of stolen property as well as bringing to justice offenders who have been wanted for a number of years.
One offender – an Islington man in his 30s had been wanted for six years after he failed to appear at court for sentencing, having previously pleaded guilty to possessing around 400 indecent images of children on his computer.
Officers from the Wanted Offenders Unit traced the man to his work and then home address in Islington. He was subsequently arrested and sentenced to six months’ imprisonment. He has also been placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register.
The unit has also brought to justice a number of violent offenders as well an offender who was arrested during Operation Mista for crimes in Blackstock Road, Finsbury Park.
This week the unit has released the names and photos of six people they would like to speak to in connection with a range of different offences, including a stabbing and a series of distraction burglaries.
Detective Sergeant Paul Kingdon, of the Wanted Offenders Unit, said: “Our aim is to bring offenders to justice by re-examining outstanding cases, looking for new lines of inquiry and re-visiting the homes of wanted suspects.
“In the past when we’ve circulated photos of known suspects in the local press we’ve had good results. Criminals who otherwise might have remained at large have been brought to justice thanks to the help of the local community.
“We are also giving the people in these photos the chance to come forward and eliminate themselves from our inquiries if applicable.
If you recognise any of the faces pictured in this week’s Islington Gazette (‘Most wanted’, page 18), call police on 020 7421 0157 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.