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Charity was founded in 1988
A CRIME tip-off line celebrated its 25th birthday with help from Hampshire Constabulary’s top cop.
Chief Constable Andy Marsh was among guests from the south-east to celebrate the founding of Crimestop-pers.
The charity, founded in 1988 in London, allows people to give information about crimes or suspects without having to reveal their identity.
The celebration took place at London’s BT Tower following a meeting of regional chief constables and police and crime commissioners.
Mr Marsh said that between April 2012 and March this year, Hampshire Constabulary received 2,300 anonymous calls via Crimestoppers, which led to 462 arrests and charges.
He said: “We understand that sometimes it is difficult for members of the public to contact us directly, whether through fear of being identified or a reluctance to speak to the police.
“This service is a vital weapon to our successful crimefighting.”
Other guests included Simon Hayes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, and Roger Honey, chairman of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Crimestoppers.
The charity said that it has received more than one million actionable calls since it began, resulting in 122,000 arrests and charges across the UK.
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