INDEPENDENT crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers is today launching a national discussion on key crimes affecting the UK public.

The Crime Matters national blog is a new approach for the charity to engage with the general public about crimes that impact their lives.

Last year, more than 10,000 people from Halton and across the north west contacted Crimestoppers with information anonymously.

Now the Crime Matters blog will spend the next five days focused on these key issues and highlighting the important work being done to fight these and all other crimes across the UK.

There will be blogs from crime experts, academics, MP’s and journalist; we have gathered opinions and advice from other charities including the Jimmy Mizen Foundation, Respect and Stand Against Violence.

Crimestoppers is asking Halton residents for their views and people will be able to have their say on the dedicated blog;