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Do you recognise any of Southwark’s most wanted?

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Police in Southwark have launched a web page to help catch suspects wanted for crimes across the borough.

The page initially features 26 photos of people wanted by police who have so far evaded arrest despite extensive enquiries by officers.

They have committed or are suspected of committing serious offences such as robbery and burglary or violence offences.

It is hoped that the public will assist in the capture of the suspects by providing confidential or anonymous information about their whereabouts through Crimestoppers.

As well as named suspects, members of the public will also be able to view CCTV images of suspects the police have yet to identify.

Southwark has recently set up a wanted offender unit dedicated to tracking down suspects who have evaded arrest for a number of reasons, including those who have been released on bail and never returned, people who have been released from prison with certain conditions who have then breached those conditions and people who have been linked to offences but avoided arrest.

They are responsible for co-ordinating enquiries to track such suspects down and ensure they are brought to justice for their offences, no matter how long they have been 'on the run'.

"Police in Southwark are committed to catching these suspects and ensuring they are properly dealt with by the criminal justice system," says Detective Superintendent Ian Smith.

"The web page is a tool that members of the public can use to help us make Southwark safer – many of these people are still in the local area and may well be committing further offences.

"We need to know where they are and for that we need the help of the community."

• See Southwark's Most Wanted and the Caught on Camera page.

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