22/11/2013

Crimestoppers Praised By Justice Minister

Almost £117,000 worth of drugs have been seized, 76 people arrested and charged and 2,400 pieces of actionable information passed to the PSNI between April 2012 and March 2013 as a result of the charity Crimestoppers, according to Justice Minister David Ford.

Speaking at the annual fundraising quiz for the charity, the Minister praised the organisation for the support they provide to the PSNI in tackling crime.

David Ford said: "We should not underestimate the contribution Crimestoppers makes to tackling crime in Northern Ireland. The charity plays an incredibly important role in enabling members of the public to report crime anonymously.

"Each year those calls result in taking dangerous weapons and drugs off our streets and putting criminals before the courts.

"Northern Ireland is a relatively safe place to live, but in recent days and weeks we have seen some horrific crimes, including shootings and attempted bombings. The people that are inflicting pain and fear on our community deserve no protection. I encourage the public to report what they know to PSNI or Crimestoppers"

Anyone who wishes to report crime anonymously can ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

(IT/MH)

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