Pukaar News hosted a celebratory dinner for its charity partner Crimestoppers, on Thursday March 7 to thank members of the community for their support in the fight against crime, which has resulted in a 35 per cent increase in the amount of anonymous information received in 2012.
Held at the Pukaar News headquarters at the Phoenix Square, Midlands Street, Leicester, the event was attended by around 40 people, which included staff and volunteers of Crimestoppers, members of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and other local dignitaries such as the Lord Mayor of Leicester.
Managing Editor of Pukaar News, Romail Gulzar said: “We take great pride in supporting a charity like Crimestoppers and hope in some way, no matter how small, we are able to contribute to the charity’s growing success. We feel extremely honoured to have received an award from Crimestoppers on the evening too.”
Crimestoppers East Midlands’ Regional Manager, Kiran Dhanda said: “When you look at the community’s eagerness to fight crime, their willingness to participate in events, and the amount of information they have passed to Crimestoppers, there is nothing more than I can say other than ‘thank you’. I’d also like to thank Pukaar News, who have been a big local support, for holding the event last night.”
A video thanking local people for their support and raising awareness of the charity’s work, was also screened at the event and met with a very positive response from the special guests.
The Lord Mayor of Leicester Councillor Abdul Osman said: “It is good to see the message being spread to the community with the support of Pukaar News.”
In the eight months between May and December 2012 the amount of information received by the charity, which has been passed on to Leicestershire Police increased by an impressive 35 per cent compared with the same period in 2011.
Commenting on this, Leicestershire police and Crime Commissioner, Sir Clive Loader, said: “Crimestoppers lives up to its name without doubt. It helps to take criminals off the streets by enabling people to give information anonymously to the police. As a result, the number of victims of crime is reduced. I would urge anyone with information about a crime to contact Crimestoppers and help us make our communities safer. The event highlighted just how successful this partnership can be.
“For my part, I am totally committed to working with the voluntary sector and believe that, together, we can make an even bigger difference.”
If you have information on a crime and want to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or through our secure online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.