Press Association –
Police are hoping to use crowd-sourcing to identify thousands of people suspected of committing crimes in last year’s riots in London.
The Metropolitan Police are to upload almost 3,000 CCTV images of people during the widespread disorder in August last year onto its smartphone app.
The free Facewatch ID app developed with facial recognition software firm Facewatch and launched in April to identify people behind low-level crime, will contain 2,880 photographs which can be sorted via postcode.
The app then allows them to inform on people they see on it by sending a name and address straight to officers.
Assistant commissioner Mark Rowley, head of specialist crime and operations at Scotland Yard, said: “This is a great opportunity for the public to help us fight crime and bring those who remain outstanding to justice.
“My hope is that the two-thirds of Londoners who own smartphones will download this App, and help us identify