Top wanted list as police launch rogues gallery

By Laura Payne 19/04 Updated: 24/04 16:53

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WANTED - these are the faces of four repeat offenders from the borough who are being hunted down by West Midlands Police as part of a drive to crackdown on serial criminals.

The images feature in a new online Rogues Gallery and show Isaac Doherty, 37, wanted for violent disorder, Grant Gold, 20, wanted for burglary, Oliver Higgins, 25, wanted for car theft and Richard Larcombe, 27, wanted for wounding and for recall to prison.

Officers believe the four have been involved in a string of other offences and are urging the public to contact police to help track them down.

The photos of the mens' faces have been uploaded to a newly launched Rogues Gallery on the West Midlands Police website and they will also be on show on digital display vans across the borough.

And the force will be using mobile billboard posters which will allow smart phone users to scan a code to take them straight to the wanted area of the website.

Assistant Chief Constable Garry Forsyth said: "There is already lots of work going on behind the scenes to locate these individuals with raids and search warrants already being executed as part of this latest police push but we're hoping to speed up the arrest process by asking for the public's support to identify wanted people."

The initiative is part of ongoing Operation Serve and Protect which has seen the force take action to combat robbery and undertake rigorous monitoring of offenders subject to curfews and bail conditions.

Those featured in the Rogues Gallery includes people forensically linked to crime scenes and suspects who have skipped bail or breached licence agreements.

ACC Forsyth added: "We have been very successful in reducing crime over the last 12 months but we aim to do even more.

"Every police officer loves locking up criminals and with the public's support we expect to be doing lots of this over the coming weeks."

Serve and Protect has already proved a huge success.

Latest crime figures show that between April 2011 and March 2012 there were 21,000 fewer victims of crime across the region compared to the previous 12 months.

This included 4,000 fewer victims of vehicle crime while the number of homes burgled was down by 3,100.

Visit www.west-midlands.police.uk for more information.

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