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CRIMINALS are being warned that there will be nowhere to hide as Cleveland Police rolls out its use of a new super IT system – the Police National Database (PND).

The PND allows the whole UK police service to share, access and search local force information on a national basis.

It is an intelligence tool which provides forces with immediate access to up-to-date information drawn from local crime, custody, intelligence, child abuse and domestic abuse systems.

The PND came into being following a review into how forces shared or were able to access information on people after the tragic murders of 10-year-old Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman of Soham, Cambridgeshire, 10 years ago today.

The database is available to all 43 forces in England and Wales, all eight Scottish forces, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), British Transport Police and a number of other law enforcement agencies.

With more than 48 million pieces of information held on the system, Cleveland Police and other users will now be able to check criminals’ or suspected criminals’ details much quicker and easier than ever before.

Temporary Detective Supt Derek Carter, Cleveland’s director of intelligence, said: “Each and every officer within the force will be able to request checks on anyone they deal with.

“Information on these individuals is literally at the touch of a button and this information will go back years.

“It will make no difference where in the UK they have been; this information will be on the PND.

“The PND has been a few years in the making but there’s no doubt the difference it will make to both everyday policing and to the more complex investigations we run will be immeasurable.

“The fact that Cleveland is now using the PND should greatly reassure the law abiding majority of residents and it should make criminals feel very uneasy.”