CRIME sleuths are helping police to arrest suspects simply by using their computers.
And the Examiner has today started to help Crimestoppers to crack crime by giving readers a chance to see the faces of suspects on the internet.
The Crimestoppers website features the faces of people police are trying to find across West Yorkshire.
Now, by logging on to the Examiner website - www.ichuddersfield.co.uk - readers can go to the Crimestoppers page and see the line-up of faces.
Police say the Crimestoppers website gets around 2,000 hits a month and is achieving results.
It got more than 1,000 extra hits in just one week, after people were asked to look at the images from CCTV and security cameras.
Det Sgt Ian Froggett - who is in charge of Crimestoppers - said: "The big increase has already led to one confirmed arrest and a number of other cases are being followed through."
The arrest came after a caller recognised the person in a photo in a robbery case appeal.
Crimestoppers was told the suspect still had the same hairstyle and regularly wore the same clothes -and when police went to his home he was wearing the same distinctive jacket he had in the photo.
Det Sgt Froggett added: "Of course, other inquiries usually have to be completed before we have enough evidence to link a person to a crime which can take time.
"But the smallest amount of information can make the biggest difference and lead to criminals being arrested and dealt with."
All calls to Crimestoppers are free and are not taped and cannot be traced. They do not show up on itemised bills.
Callers can remain anonymous, yet a special system has been set up, which means they can still claim a cash reward for their information.
The Crimestoppers number is 0800 555 111.
* To see the line up of faces, go to the Examiner's website at www.ichuddersfield.co.uk and click on the link at the bottom of the home page. Then click on the Crimestoppers logo.
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