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London Evening Standard. 10,000-suspect  database shows Met's "most wanted"

18 February 2013

...Scotland Yard has compiled a database of 10,000 images of unidentified suspects. Police say the system — the first of its kind for any force — increases the chance of solving crimes. The bank of pictures has been gathered from hundreds of thousands of CCTV cameras, as well as social networking sites and mobile phones. It was launched to help trace criminals involved in the August 2011 riots, but expanded to include all suspects, from pickpockets and bag snatchers to people wanted for murder and rape.

A Central Forensic Image Unit uses software to comb the images, with a clue that can be as vague as the colour of a shirt. The database, Forensic Image Linking and Management, can be refined to search for bag thieves in Southwark, for example, or burglars in Hillingdon. Examples include a man in a suit and tie wanted for a £66,000 fraud after he allegedly used a stolen credit card at Harrods, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, and a man suspected of an attack that left a victim with serious injuries in Elephant and Castle...


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