27 May 2010

Something's fishy

In the little free time I have I enjoy fishing with my fellow superheroes. There is no better way to relax than to hang out by the lake and catch some fish. Unfortunately due to the illegal activity going on with fish being brought into the UK, I may have to stop relaxing and start fighting crime at my local fishing spot.
According to the Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), organised criminal groups have been illegally importing fish, specifically carp, in order to make a large profit. A 50lb carp can be worth around £20k!

Shipments of live fish have been picked up at UK borders. If these illegally imported fish reach our fisheries it can cause a lot of harm. The fisheries can charge more money to fish, because their customers have a higher chance of catching a huge (illegally imported) fish. At the same time though, the imported fish could contain unknown diseases and kill the local fish.
With the start of summer and warm weather, I know I want to be able to enjoy some nice summer days fishing. For all you other fishers out there, I know you can relate. We have to help put a stop to these criminals before our summer fun and fish stocks are ruined!
If you have any information about the illegal importing of fish, or about the theft of angling equipment, please help protect the angling community by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or by filling in a secure online form.

17 May 2010

London's Most Wanted

Facebook, Twitter, Delicious... I'm a bit of a nosy person and I love social networking websites because they allow me to keep up to date with what's going on around me in a simple way.

For the same reason, I'm a big fan of the new London's Most Wanted website that launched today. It allows you to look through over 100 appeals of wanted individuals from London. You can even filter them by borough and crime type. I didn't just look through the appeals in my borough though; I checked out all of the boroughs I visit regularly, just to make sure I'm not sitting on the bus every day next to a wanted crim.

London's Most Wanted is a joint project between the Metropolitan Police and the charity Crimestoppers. Appeals are uploaded by the Met and the site itself is hosted by Crimestoppers. An ideal match some (such as myself!) would say.

Since launching not even 24 hours ago the site has already had more than 30,000 visitors. What a great result for a worthwhile project like this one.

If you haven't already, make sure you check out London's Most Wanted. You can also read more about the project on the Crimestoppers website.

10 May 2010

Win tickets to V-Festival 2010

Now, I'm not much of a festival goer these days, but I certainly was once upon a time. In addition to daylight saving and strawberries, festivals are another part of the British summer enjoyed by many.

The fine folk at Essex Crimestoppers attend V-Festival at Chelmsford every year to remind people about the invaluable service provided by the charity.

This year, Essex Crimestoppers has two VIP tickets to V-Festival in Chelmsford to give away. Public tickets to V-Festival have already sold out. No wonder with classic acts like the Pet Shop Boys performing. My grand kids tell me that they're keen to see Cheryl Cole and Kings of Leon. Clearly there's something on to suit most people's taste!

To go into the draw to win the V-Festival tickets, visit the Crimestoppers website and answer the five multiple choice questions about the charity.