The government is considering publishing photographs of criminals on the web to 'name and shame' the offenders.

The images could be added to the crime mapping website, which allows web users to enter their postcode, town, village or street and see where crime is taking place, along with the type of offences.

The move follows a trial of a successful scheme by West Yorkshire Police that saw the images published online, along with their criminals name, age, town of residence and information about the offence.

"The public and victims are entitled to know what has happened when crimes are committed," Policing minister Nick Herbert told the Daily Mail.

"Justice must be seen to be done and this will give people the information they need to allow them to question how the system deals with offending."