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Cameras bring big drop in crime

The use of video surveillance equipment has helped to cut crime in a Cumbrian town, police said.

Since the introduction of mobile CCTV and helmet cameras, violent crime in Millom has dropped by more than 31% since the end of March this year.

Cumbria Police also reported a big drop in alcohol-related offences.

A spokesman said improved evidence gathering had enabled officers to tackle more low-level crime before it escalated into something more serious.

Acting Inspector Andy Wilkinson said: "Our officers are cracking down on more lower level offences, such as being drunk and disorderly, preventing situations from escalating into more serious incidents.

"New systems such as digital CCTV in the town and effective use of police camera equipment such as headcams, assist in deterring offenders."

Mr Wilkinson also said the surveillance footage helped provide evidence "so we can prosecute those who have no regard for the impact their actions have on others".

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