Increasingly, crime in other countries has an impact on the UK. Although Crimestoppers has no formal mandate to act outside of this country, the charity does work on projects that can help to reduce crime in the UK.
Crimestoppers’ latest fugitive campaign, Operation Zygos, is led by Crimestoppers and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and appeals to the public for its help in trying to locate wanted individuals involved in serious criminality, believed to be hiding in Cyprus. This is the third fugitive campaign launched by the charity and SOCA, with similar, successful campaigns launched in Spain and the Netherlands.
Read more about Operation Zygos, including arrests to date, links to press releases and the remaining Operation Zygos Most Wanted appeals.
For many years, Spain has been an appealing sunny hideaway for British criminals escaping justice. But this all changed in 2004 when European Arrest Warrants came into effect, making it easier to bring British criminals back into the UK's criminal justice system. Under Operation Captura, led by Crimestoppers and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), we appeal for information on criminals involved in serious organised criminality, who are believed to be on the run in Spain. Featuring them on our Most Wanted, the appeals range from individuals wanted for murder to major drug trafficking offences.
In June 2009 the International Fugutive Round Up and Arrest (INFRA) operation was launched to help capture dangerous fugitives who have left their country of origin and are believed to be residing abroad. Working in partnership with the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), Crimestoppers UK appealed for information on 19 fugitives believed to be in the UK from several different countries including Poland, Georgia, Albania and Hungary.
Following the success of the Spanish fugitive campaign, Operation Captura, Crimestoppers is now appealing to the public to help identify six UK criminals known to be on the run in the Netherlands. Operation Return is a multi-agency campaign involving the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), Crimestoppers UK, Meld Misdaad Anoniem/'M' (Dutch Crimestoppers) and Netherlands law enforcement. The list includes some of the UK's most dangerous criminals wanted for crimes relating to drugs smuggling, the illegal sale of firearms, robbery, violence and rape.
Pakistan visa campaign
Crimestoppers launched a pilot campaign in October 2009 through visa applications, to inform visiting Pakistanis about the vital service that the charity provides, to help increase information received about crimes affecting the UK. This is the first time that a charity has been able to provide inserts into visa application packs. Leaflets detailing how to contact Crimestoppers and how the charity operates are being placed in both successful and unsuccessful visa application packs. Crimestoppers stickers are also being out on passports of all Pakistanis entering the country and posters are displayed at points of entry in airports.
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Offence: Sexual crime
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