Police yesterday 'named and shamed' the most wanted men in the Midlands as part of a major crackdown on crime.
The faces of the 11 dangerous fugitives have been published on the internet by West Midlands Police in an effort to trace them.
The men are wanted for a range of serious offences including rape, robbery, attempted murder and armed crime.
The move is part of Operation Strikeout, a month-long high-profile blitz on robbery and violent crime that has already seen hundreds of suspects arrested.
The initiative has been running for just two weeks but has already seen a reduction in the two categories of offences of two-thirds in 'hotspot' areas of the West Midlands.
Police took the step of naming the alleged criminals on their official website after exhausting all efforts to trace them.
A hotline, manned seven days a week, has been introduced to take information from the public. A taskforce is ready to swoop once information has been passed on.
A similar scheme carried out by West Midlands Police four years ago ended in controversy following the death of 23-year-old Damean Vernon. He was one of a group of suspected offenders who had his mugshot beamed 60ft high onto the wall of the police headquarters, Lloyd House, in Birmingham city centre.
Vernon's body was found next to the River Tame under the M6 near Bromford in January 2001 after he had fled police who were closing in on him. An inquest jury returned a verdict of death by misadventure. The latest scheme is modelled on the FBI's 'Most Wanted' initiative and a similar move by Scotland Yard set up to trace wanted offenders.
Senior police chiefs said they would deny the cloak of anonymity to those being hunted and called on the public to help take them off the streets.
Assistant Chief Constable Stuart Hyde, who is leading the operation, said "We have exhausted every available means for trying to capture these wanted individuals.
"The internet will allow us to post their images and ask for assistance from the public concerning their whereabouts, as they may no longer be in the Midlands region.
"I would appeal to anyone who has information about any of the people featured on our site to contact us directly and do not attempt to confront or challenge these individuals.
"If you commit crime in the West Midlands there is no where to hide; we will use every resource at our disposal to make sure everyone who lives and works in the region can feel reassured.
"Operation Strikeout has set itself tough targets at reducing robbery and violent crime and the capture of these offenders will help us to clear up cases that have been ongoing for some time."
* The list can be found at www.west-midlands.police.uk/wanted.
Anyone with information can call 0121 626 5090 from 7am-10pm Monday to Friday and 8am-4pm at weekends.