First ever police appeal van parks up in Stratford

PUBLISHED: 18:00 30 November 2016

Shoppers and commuters in Stratford passing the display this afternoon

Shoppers and commuters in Stratford passing the display this afternoon


Anyone evading the law in Newham should watch out - their faces may now be on display on the side of a police van.

PC Mann stands alongside the displayPC Mann stands alongside the display

Commuters passing Stratford Station today were stopped in their tracks by the giant display showing the faces of people wanted by the police for crimes committed in the borough.

Those shown are wanted for either failing to show up in court, not reporting to a police station or who officers are seeking in connection with a crime, but whose identity is currently unknown.

Talking to the Recorder about the new project’s success so far, Detective Sergeant Tony Gambles of the Met’s Wanted Offenders Management Unit said: “We’ve been here one day so it’s hard to gauge at the moment.

“But we’ve had a lot of people passing by saying what a good idea it is.”

Along with a police constable, the van will be parked outside the station again tomorrow from 11am until 5pm before it moves to Lewisham. In total, it will visit 10 boroughs across the capital.

If anyone recognises a person on the video display, they can take a note of the number next to the photo and contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or speak to police on the spot.

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