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Police publish rogues gallery of CCTV images.

A rogues gallery featuring suspected criminals thought to have carried out 100 crimes across Staffordshire has been released by police.

It is the first time Staffordshire Police has published such a large array of CCTVstills from crimes that have taken place across the county.

Offences such as indecent exposure, robbery, theft, and bogus official burglary are among those linked with the pictures, which officers hope will jog people's memories and generate new information.

Assistant Chief Constable Roger Baker, who is overseeing the operation said: 'Staffordshire Police has one of the best detection rates in the country, but we refuse to rest on our laurels. With the cooperation of the public we intend to put these people out of commission.

'My message is: Help us catch these criminals and you could stop them preying on the community.'

The campaign has been launched with the help of Staffordshire Crimestoppers in a bid to gather information via its anonymous information line.

Crimestoppers co-ordinator Det Con Marie Hyden said the gallery of shame was an innovative way of reaching the public by tapping into people's interest in crime.

She said: 'CCTV images capture the interest of the community because, let's face it, people are intrigued to see those who are involved in criminal activity.

'There is a public fascination with crime and criminals, the same fascination that feeds our interest in television police dramas. Well, this is the real thing. I hope people will be as absorbed by our film stills.'

Contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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