Crime-fighting charity proving key role in Cambridgeshire

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A crime-fighting charity has seen hundreds of pieces of information passed to detectives in Cambridgeshire it has been revealed.

Statistics show that there were 910 pieces of actionable information passed to Cambridgeshire Constabulary by Crimestoppers in 2014/15.

As a result, there were 109 positive outcomes – up 14 per cent on the year before – and a total of 24 individuals were arrested and charged.

The charity has recently appointed Antonia Litten as a new regional manager for Cambridgeshire - and Antonia is now looking to provide more help for witnesses to come forward with vital information.

Antonia previously worked for both Norfolk and Suffolk Constabulary as a Human Trafficking Coordinator within the Cyber and Organised Crime unit.

Her new role with Crimestoppers will see her work with local volunteers to carry out local campaigns and raise vital funds for the charity.

As well as Cambridgeshire, she will be overseeing the East of England - including Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

She said: “I’m excited to be helping to promote a unique service like Crimestoppers.

“We are the only charity in the UK that offers the public the opportunity to give information about crime 100 per cent anonymously.

“Some people, for whatever reason, don’t feel comfortable speaking to the police. It may be that they have information on someone close to them but they fear the repercussions or it could be that they don’t want to give a witness statement or go to court.

“But they may have vital information about crime and it’s essential that they feel they can pass that on to someone.

“Crimestoppers takes the fear out of giving information on crime. We don’t take your personal details and we can’t trace the information you give by phone or online.

“And this works – the figures show this.

“I’m looking forward to continuing Crimestoppers’ good work in the county.”

Lisa Oddy, acting chair of Crimestoppers’ volunteer committee in Cambridgeshire, added: “We are delighted that Antonia has joined us and we’re looking forward to working with her on upcoming campaigns and fund raising activity.”

Anyone with information about a crime can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org.