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Device tackles mobile phone theft

Mobile phone device
The devices will be used in a two-week trial

Police in Cumbria are turning to new technology to crack down on mobile telephone thefts.

Cumbria Police will be taking part in a two-week pilot to try out a device which scans numbers or barcodes inside mobile phones.

It will allow officers to find out immediately if a phone has been reported as stolen.

It can also be used to identify stolen MP3 players which have been registered by their owners.

Cumbria Deputy Chief Constable Stuart Hyde said: "I am committed to finding more efficient ways for officers to carry out their work within our communities.

"And trialling this new technology will allow them to have instant access to accurate information to make informed, speedy arrests and recover more stolen phones."

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