Police in Croydon have come up with a “crooked” take on the traditional Advent calendar – it’s a #badvent calendar. Every day during the festive season, police tweet a picture of a person on their wanted list with the hashtag #badventcalendar.
— Croydon MPS (@MPSCroydon) December 4, 2015
The #badventcalendar idea has already been used by police in other areas including Bristol, Oxford, and Nottinghamshire.
Detective Sergeant Jonathan Kent, who is in charge of Croydon’s wanted offenders unit, said: “We’re responsible for finding and arresting people who have either been recalled to prison or those who haven’t turned up at court to face the charges against them, or to avoid being sentenced.”
The police hope that the criminal advent calendar will raise public awareness and provide information about where these individuals might be or where they are staying. He said: “We urge anyone with information on the whereabouts of any of these people to get in touch.”
Advent calendar window 1 reveals Gordon Desborough, wanted for failing to appear at court in relation to a theft charge.
December 2 is the image of Lloyd Porter. He is wanted for failing to appeal at court charged with shoplifting.
December 3, Terrell King, who police want to talk to after failing to appear at court about allegations of driving whilst disqualified.
December 4, Detroit Williams, who is wanted on a recall to prison after breaching his licence conditions.
December 5, Marcus Beamont-Opoku, 20 who is wanted on a recall to prison after breaching his licence conditions.
December 6, Albert Gregory, 46, who is wanted on recall to prison. This is the second year Gregory has featured in the calendar. Last year he was wanted on recall from prison after being convicted for robbery.
Anyone with information can contact Croydon detectives on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 FREE.
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