People on the run from the law play a risky game

GLADSTONE police have their work cut out for them with 374 outstanding arrest warrants currently open within the local district.

A Queensland Police Service spokesperson confirmed the latest figure, current as of March 5, in Gladstone, adding to the significant state-wide total of over 41,000 outstanding warrants, as of January 21.

With officers throughout the state executing about 150 arrest warrants a day, those currently at-large were playing a risky game with law enforcement.

Most arrest warrants are issued under the authority of a court or judicial officer.

"When a person fails to appear in court, a warrant under the provisions of the Bail Act 1980 (Qld) can be issued," a QPS spokesperson said.

The QPS spokesperson said there were a number of factors to be considered when analysing the QPRIME data, and the 374 outstanding local warrants did not necessarily mean there were 374 criminals at-large at present.

"One person may have any number of warrants of various types awaiting execution against them," the spokesperson said.

"It is often the case defendants will have charges before a number of courts and fail to appear, with each of those different courts issuing a warrant for arrest."

Gladstone Crime Stoppers chairman Len Smith said the organisation had noticed an increase in anonymous tip-offs relating to the whereabouts of those remaining at-large.

"They (the public) are doing it (tipping off) more and more, no doubt," Mr Smith said.

He pointed to recent cases such as that of Daniel Morcombe, which have increased public awareness.



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