More criminals are on the run from Cambs police than any other county in East Anglia
OVER 300 people are on the run from Cambridgeshire police, including some who are wanted for violent and sexual offences, more than any county in East Anglia.
Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show Cambs police have issued 97 of the 159 warrants for A grade fugitives in the region, those who have committed the most serious crimes.
Police would not reveal their details, or the other 224 criminals wanted on grade B and C warrants, and they have been searching for a person since February 15, 1999.
A Cambridgeshire police spokesperson said: “There is often little or no evidence that individuals will abscond within the proceedings. We do advise our officers and staff to consider applications to custody officers and/or courts for passports to be surrendered in serious cases.
“We are aiming to reduce the number of outstanding warrants from 399 earlier this year to 324 next year, and these figures show we are within our target.”
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New guidelines for courts to increasingly ask serious offenders to surrender their passports were introduced last year after sex offender Chris Brown, 59, from various addresses in King’s Lynn, Stoke Ferry and Methwold, went on the run during his trial but he was found guilty of a series of sex attacks on young girls in his absence.
He was given unconditional bail, because he had no history of refusing to co-operate with the courts, and went on the run in Eastern Europe after escaping in a furniture van. He freedom was ended when he was arrested after attempting to enter Britain through the Channel Tunnel.
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