Man accused of Wimbledon kidnap on Most Wanted list

Crimestoppers launch new website to help trace wanted offenders

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London's Most Wanted is on the Crimestoppers website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org/londonmostwanted

John Leroy Birtle

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A man charged with a kidnap in Wimbledon appears on a website launched by the Metropolitan Police and crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers to help trace wanted offenders in London.

London's Most Wanted seeks the public's help in the capital, the UK and around the world, to locate people who have committed, or are suspected of committing serious crimes, but who have so far evaded capture.

The list includes John Leroy Birtle (pictured right), who failed to appear at Kingston Crown Court on February 18, 2002 on a charge of kidnap in Wimbledon.

He is also wanted for failing to appear at Wimbledon Magistrates Court on October 3, 2002 for an offence of deception.

The site is hosted by Crimestoppers, which is based in Morden, and anybody who has information about any suspect featured can contact them anonymously on 0800 555 111 or provide information via the online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

Wanted offenders can be seen by borough, so Merton's most wanted can be viewed here.

MPS Deputy Commissioner Tim Godwin said: "The police work tirelessly to catch people who have committed, or are suspected of committing crimes, but we will always need the public's help. This new website carries more information than ever before, allowing the public to search by crime type and location. This is a great tool that everyone can use to help make London even safer by helping us get criminals off our streets."

Crimestoppers has a proven history of getting public support to assist in locating and arresting people wanted for serious crimes.

As a result of information passed to Crimestoppers:

Nationally, everyday 21 people are arrested and charged and one person every nine days is charged with murder.

In London there has been an eight per cent increase in the number of people arrested and charged compared to last year and a 17 per cent increase in actionable information received.

London's Most Wanted is on the Crimestoppers website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org/londonmostwanted/

May 25, 2010