I'll write a proper Sticky for the Warnings section when I've got a bit more time, but the launch yesterday was great and it was actually a bit strange to sit in (and speak to, Gawd love 'em - they were very kind
) a room full of people who ALL want to stop people from targeting, attacking and hurting us and are all setting time aside and working really hard to really do something about it.
We had other speakers from Manchester City Council, the Greater London Assembly, senior police people including the head of SCAS and the Missing Persons Bureau (the Serious Crimes Analysis Section who will be analysing the information which gets reported and can then start piecing it together to spot patterns of incidents and so on, even with people who move around the country) as well as academics, Lorraine, Rosie and Shelly from UKNSWP (who some here will have been in touch with before) and Baroness Stern, who has been on our side for years although I didn't get chance to speak to her.
The scheme is now live at http://www.uknswp.org/ugly-mugs/
and anybody can join - if anybody has a warning they want to report (even ones that are already on here, and do keep posting them here too), please do sign up and support the scheme - the more of us do, the more alerts we'll get and the easier it will be to avoid not just the chancers and the scumbags (see Croydon warning
, Mr Ward
and the rest of the motley assortment) but also the very dangerous. Gary Allen here
is still at large in Grimsby as well as this man
in Sefton, Liverpool who is known to have contacted ladies who use this site.Christopher Shepherd
was caught, convicted and jailed partly on information given by people who use this site. Ditto Neil McMillan
, who murdered Andrea Waddell in Brighton, and was later found to have raped another sex worker at an earlier date.
We can all make a difference, for ourselves and each other by supporting National Ugly Mugs, so I hope everybody who needs it will put it to good use