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Fearless mobile site for police tip-offs

  • 26 March 2012
  • From the section London

Teenagers will now be able to report gun and knife crime online via their phones after the launch of a new mobile-friendly website.

The website of Fearless - the face of charity Crimestoppers - now features an an anonymous online form for mobile phones.

It will allow young users to alert police to criminal activity without revealing their identity.

The charity said teenagers could help solve much gang and knife crime.

There are approximately 4,500 gang members in London, thought to be responsible for 22% of crime in the city.

Lord Ashcroft, founder of Crimestoppers, said: "We want to reach out to young people, who are significant users of mobile phones, and encourage them to pass on vital information about gun and knife crime.

"There may be individuals who can't see a way out of gang culture - we want to offer them a lifeline through Fearless and help them feel safer in their own communities."

Crimestoppers' communications manager Heather Walker said: "We will never reveal the identity of anyone who passes on information to us.

"Calls and IP addresses are not recorded and you will never be asked to give a statement or go to court."

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