TWO Wigan fugitives from justice appear on a list of criminals being hunted by Greater Manchester Police.
The faces of 40 people sought by GMP for serious crimes were published this week as the charity Crimestoppers marks 10 years of its Most Wanted online gallery.
Yesterday a van fitted with large screens began touring the force area and will be visiting the city centre and 10 other busy locations.
It is broadcasting the faces of individuals wanted by GMP in connection with a variety of crimes including murder, sexual offences, burglary, robbery, and assault.
They include two Wigan men. Kelvin Riley, 30, who breached an electronic curfew and is wanted on warrant; and Kristopher Michael Ayre, 28, is wanted on recall to prison.
The tour comes exactly 10 years after Crimestoppers’ Most Wanted online gallery was launched in the UK.
Supt Craig Thompson from GMP, said: “This week the faces of Greater Manchester’s most wanted criminals will be beamed across the area as part of the Crimestoppers Week of Action.
“Officers will be making it a top priority to search for and arrest those most wanted. We will be relying on help and information from the public via Crimestoppers to help us find those who have, up to now, avoided facing up to their crimes.
“There will be significant activity in each division across Greater Manchester and we will be utilising a number of resources to make the week a success.
“Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our communities and I want to assure everybody that during the week of action there will be nowhere to hide for the individuals that we are seeking.”
To date, the Crimestoppers website has listed a total of 12,524 appeals – 3,589 of which have led to arrests.
Crimestoppers’ Most Wanted was launched on November 17 2005 and was, at the time, the first national online source of wanted individuals in the UK. The site initially provided photographs and descriptions of known suspects before expanding to include an “unknowns” section of CCTV images.
The aim was, and still is today, to give members of the public the opportunity to give information about any of the suspects to Crimestoppers anonymously.
Today the Crimestoppers Most Wanted site is proving to be as popular as ever – receiving around 30,000 views every month from the public.
To see individuals wanted in your area visit https://crimestoppers-uk.org/most-wanted/