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Force to deploy cut-out coppers
cardboard cop (right) with Pc Anna Gaskill
The cardboard cops will be displayed in stores
Derbyshire police have placed 10 life-size cardboard cut-outs of a policewoman in shops across the Peak District to deter shoplifters.

The move follows a similar idea used in the Amber Valley area - although one cut-out was stolen.

Pc Anna Gaskill, who is used as a model for the cut-outs, said the deployment of cardboard police did not mean real-life patrols would be cut back.

"We have plenty of police officers out there. It is just an extra deterrent."

Pc Gaskill said: "They are very high visibility so it is there to deter criminals."

Police have said the blown-up photographs of the officers deter shoplifters and people who drive off without paying for petrol.

The figures cost about 100 to put together and police would like to use more of them.

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