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    • nottspolice A crime fighting scheme is expanding in Africa thanks to the support of Nottinghamshire Police’s Sarah Smithurst. Sarah, who is responsible for co-ordinating information passed to Nottinghamshire Police through the Crimestoppers charity, has helped to set up a similar scheme in Ghana. She was first contacted by police there after they heard about the success of Crimestoppers and decided a similar approach could help their fight against organised crime, particularly the drugs and firearms trades. In August 2009, the first Crimefighters project was launched in Accra, the country’s capital, with Sarah’s help and support. It works along similar lines to Crimestoppers, although the scheme is not independently run as it is in Britain, with calls handled by the Ghanaian police. It still allows for rewards to be paid for information which leads to the conviction of criminals. On Monday (February 14), Sarah will arrive in Ghana to oversee the introduction of the second Crimefighters scheme in Takoradi, the capital of the country’s western region. She said: “I’m hoping this will be just the beginning of the growth of Crimefighters across Ghana and potentially other African countries. “The original scheme is really proving its worth, with arrests being made as a result of information coming in about all sorts of crimes, but mainly drugs and firearms. “Businesses in Ghana have given their backing to the project and we have relied on their goodwill and support to really get it off the ground and get the message out there.” Sarah’s fortnight working in Ghana has been timed to coincide with the arrival of a huge container full of donations from people in Britain to help the Ghanaian Police Service and schools and orphanages in the Accra area. This will be the second container of donations that Sarah has arranged to be transported there since she first visited the country in 2009. She said: “On my first visit, I was there to support the police in working out how we could set up Crimefighters. While I was working with them, I saw how in need of the equipment and basic protective items that our officers are automatically given in this country. “They had no stab vests or high visibility clothing and are working in extremely challenging conditions, with little or no protection. Although their uniforms are very smart and they take a lot of pride in their professional appearance, basic protective equipment is not available to them. “I also wanted to see the real Ghana and went to visit schools and orphanages near the police headquarters. What I saw broke my heart and it made me realise how much we take for granted in this country. I knew I needed to do something to help.” When she arrived back in England, Sarah enlisted the help of National Police Aid Convoys, a charity started in 1993 by police officers in Nottinghamshire and continues to procure and deliver humanitarian aid across the globe. With the help of their dedicated band of volunteers, they helped her organise the packing and transportation of the first container to Ghana in August 2009 as well as the one that will arrive there next week. Sarah appealed to people across Nottinghamshire to donate whatever they could. She said: “I continue to be amazed at the generosity of people who have supported our work. Schoolchildren donated shoeboxes filled with toys and letters and photographs for their counterparts in Ghana. “Couples who have no children of their own went out and bought nappies for the orphans. Six police forces donated surplus or decommissioned equipment, including batons, riot shields and high-visibility jackets. Local businesses, schools and hospitals also donated equipment which will change many many lives for the better.” To get an idea of the scale of the Nottinghamshire public’s generosity, this container, measures 40ft by 9ft by 7ft, weighs 8 tons, will take six hours to unload and there is not a spare inch of space on board. Sarah, who was made an honorary Superintendent in the Ghanaian Police to thank her for her support for Crimefighters, said: “I can only thank the people who have helped so much to make this dream of mine a reality. It is worth all the effort when you see the smiles on the faces of the people we are helping and you know that we are really making a difference.” Visit our website Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitetr Watch us on YouTube at
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    • nottspolice The mother of an eight-year-old girl who was abducted and assaulted by a man in Bulwell has made an emotional appeal for information. The woman has appealed directly to witnesses or anyone with information to come forward to help find the man who attacked her daughter. “In my heart I believe that someone out there knows what happened - I think they are just afraid to say who it is,” said the woman, who must remain anonymous to protect her daughter’s identity. The girl was playing outside in Commercial Road at around 6.30pm on Tuesday 23 November 2010 when she was approached by a man, who was in his late teens or early twenties. He led her away walking along Abercarn Close, Rock Street and Aldgate Close, to a secluded area in Pulley Park, where he carried out a serious assault. The girl was able to get away from her attacker and raised the alarm. She suffered severe bruising and is still struggling to come to terms with what happened. “She had really bad bruising and was sore for weeks on end. She wouldn’t let anybody go near her. The bruising has gone now but she is still not the same person she used to be,” said the mum. “She is still very upset, very moody and is not the happy-go-lucky child we once knew. Our lives have been turned upside down and we are not a normal, happy family anymore. “She is paranoid when she goes out to play and doesn’t go far. She’s not getting on in school either. “There are days when she’s okay but then there are days when she is snapping all the time. She’s shouting and slamming doors – I think it’s hit her really bad.” The woman added that following the attack, her daughter has difficulty trusting others. “She doesn’t trust anybody, particularly men. When she has a PE lesson in school, she goes into the toilets to get dressed away from the other children.” The mum said that she is also struggling to come to terms with what happened to her daughter. “It makes it worse that he’s still out there. When the children go out, I’m constantly worrying. Because I don’t know who the man is, I think he could approach my children again – I’m constantly on 24 hour watch. “In the day I try to cope as best I can but it’s at night-time that it hits me the most when I’m on my own – I’m constantly checking the doors are locked. “My children are afraid to go outside and I’m constantly ringing them asking where they are and what they are doing. I’m paranoid that something is going to happen to them.” She added that identifying the person responsible for the attack on her daughter would help her family deal with what happened. “I wish someone would go to the police and say something to help my daughter. I ask people to please come forward and give the information, no matter how little or large. “Finding the person who did this would mean we could relax knowing he’s not out there hurting somebody else. We could get on with our lives and start being a family again.” The victim told police officers that her attacker was white, under 5ft 9ins tall, of medium build, and in either his late teens or early twenties. She said he was wearing a grey hooded top and grey tracksuit bottoms. The girl was wearing black jacket and pink trousers. Anyone with information should the dedicated incident room at St Ann’s Police Station on 0115 8445017 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. To see the CCTV of people the police want to speak to visit or
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    • nottspolice Nottinghamshire Police's Crimestoppers co-ordinator Sarah Smithurst has thanked the people of Nottinghamshire for their support in helping to fight crime and change lives in Ghana. Sarah visited the country in February to help set up a second branch of crime reporting scheme Crime Fighters, which is based on Crimestoppers in the UK. Sarah was called upon to give advice and support to introduce the scheme in Ghana, due to her long-standing work with Crimestoppers. Before her latest visit, Sarah appealed to the people of Nottinghamshire and further afield to donate items, such as toys, clothes, equipment and books, that could be given to a school and hospital. She also received donations of decommissioned equipment, such as stab vests and riot shields, from six police forces for donation to the Ghanaian Police Force. Arrangements for the items to be shipped to Ghana were made by National Police Aid Convoys, based at Mansfield. In this video, Sarah says thank you to those that have helped to really make a difference to people's lives in Ghana and presents some footage taken during the trip so people who have supported her appeal can see how their help has had an impact there. Special thanks to Richard Tempest-Mitchell, from Manor School, in Mansfield, who recorded much of the footage. Sarah is planning another trip to Ghana and is already appealing for more items to take with her. If you would like to donate any unwanted items, in good condition, contact Sarah on 0300 300 9999. For more news and appeals from Nottinghamshire Police, visit To find out more about National Police Aid Convoys, visit Follow Nottinghamshire Police on Twitter at Become a fan on Facebook at
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