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Manchester Police Launch Crime-Fighting App

People can now help to fight local crime with a new iPhone app from Greater Manchester Police (GMP).

The free app, the first of its kind in the UK, uses GPS technology to provide updates on local crime, appeals and neighbourhood policing teams.

Users in Manchester can also pinpoint their nearest police station or use an ‘around me’ feature to view local news and appeals.

It even shows wanted people nearby and tells users what they look like and what they are wanted for.

Deputy Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “This is a real step forwards in using technology to support policing and gives people the chance to help us at any time and any place.

"They can find out what is happening where they are and be kept informed.

“It provides an enhanced service and we will be working on further developments. We want people to help us add to it with what will help them on a daily basis."

All appeals shown on the app allow users to send information on what they know directly to the police.

“We rely on the information that we get from people to help us to solve crimes,” said Detective Superintendent Mark Smith.

“The app is a great addition that means people can send details no matter where they are, and help us to target criminals.”

The iPhone app, developed by GMP staff, is currently available from the App Store and an Android version will be available in the Spring.

It can also be accessed through the GMP website  www.gmp.police.uk  along with a snapguide of how it can be used.