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Public encouraged to report crimes in confidence

Dorset Crimestoppers is encouraging the public to report crimes anonymously – after a recent campaign led to arrests in Weymouth.

Dorset Police worked with Dorset Crimestoppers to create and distribute posters across Weymouth and Portland encouraging the public to anonymously report any information that they may have about drug dealers – particularly heroin dealers – in the area.

These posters were distributed locally by Safer Neighbourhood Teams.

As a direct result of information received through phone calls made by the public to Crimestoppers, two arrests have been made relating to alleged drug dealing in Weymouth.

Richard Daubeney, Chairman of Dorset Crimestoppers, said: “It is great that the posters encouraged the public to contact us.

“The information that was submitted anonymously by the public through Crimestoppers was acted on by Dorset Police, and the result is that two people have been arrested.

“I’m really pleased that people have seen the posters and decided to have the confidence to pick up the phone and contact us.”

Dorset Police Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Debbie Marsden, Force Intelligence Manager, said: “Dorset Police is committed to tackling those crimes that harm our communities.

“Without doubt heroin use is one of those crimes that, in the worst case, can result in death – but it is also linked to acquisitive crime affecting local people and businesses.

“Recent arrests in and around Weymouth demonstrate our commitment to tackling heroin related offences.

“The information provided to us through Crimestoppers helps us to focus resources, achieve results and make Dorset safer.”

Crimestoppers is an independent charity, separate from the police, and it does not ask for the identity of anyone who contacts them to report a crime or supply information.

Richard Daubeney explained that, for various reasons, sometimes members of the public do not feel comfortable giving information to the police.

He said: “The public don’t always feel that they can give information about crime directly to the police.

“In some cases they prefer supplying information to Crimestoppers. We don’t ask them for their name or address – all we want is for them to give us information anonymously so that it can be used to investigate crime.

“In my experience, people that contact us feel empowered when they’ve done something to make their neighbourhood safer.”

The public can contact Crimestoppers anonymously, free of charge on 0800 555 111 (mobile phone tariffs may apply), or visit their website at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/ .

Alternatively, the public can contact Dorset Police to report a non-urgent crime or to make an enquiry on 01202 or 01305 22 22 22. Always dial 999 if a crime is in progress or life is at risk.