Paper names and shames local crims

A NEW Zealand daily has devised a joint name and shame campaign with local police to keep its town safe.

The most recent edition of The Daily Post’s Most Wanted campaign has seen 15 people on the run from police back behind bars, the paper said.

The Post publishes the photos and details of people wanted for failing to appear in court or breaching court orders once a month.

The feature has a double effect of bringing in the wanted people who are published, and convincing others  who fear being identified in the paper to turn themselves in first.

More than 120 people have been back before courts facing their charges since Most Wanted launched in July, according to the Post.

Of the 15 people who gave themselves up since last Monday’s edition, four had been published in Most Wanted.

Rotorua Constable Karen Boyce said Most Wanted was hugely successful and many of those handing themselves in feared having their photographs and details published, the Post reported.

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