UK's Most Wanted
4 February 2013, 06:00
The Met Police and Crimestoppers have teamed up to search for the UK's most wanted criminals.
One of the people on the list has links to the East Midlands, its thought 40 year old Albanian Hysni Sokolaj may have ties to Leicestershire.
He is also wanted in Albania for human trafficking, where it's alleged in 2001 and 2005, Sokolaj forced an Albanian woman into prostitution in Belgium and then the UK, for his own personal financial gain.
Detective Sergeant Peter Rance, leading Operation Sunfire 3 for the Extradition Unit said: "Today I'm asking the public, do you recognise these faces? Maybe you know where these people live, work or socialise?
"They are wanted to face justice for a multitude of crimes in other countries and it is in the UK's interests to help find them. If you have any information about these people, please call Crimestoppers so we can arrest them. If you see them call 999 and do not approach them."
Founder and Chairman of Crimestoppers, Lord Ashcroft KCMG, PC said: "Crimestoppers believes in the right to live without the fear of crime and we are encouraging the public to call us completely anonymously if they recognise any of these 18 individuals or have any information as to their whereabouts.
"We have seen a great response from the public and arrest success from past campaigns so our hope is that this will continue and that the public will join us in standing up against crime. By working together and speaking up anonymously we can all take steps towards making the UK safer."
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of any of these people is asked to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers is an independent crime-fighting charity and can receive information anonymously and pass it onto police. All 18 suspects' details will also be on their website: www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Anyone who sees these people should not approach them.