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Number plate cameras at airport

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The cameras can read 500,000 registration plates a day

Automatic number plate recognition cameras are being installed at Manchester Airport.

Five of the cameras, which can read more than 500,000 registration plates each day, will be placed around the complex.

Manchester Airport Commander Supt Peter Turner said they would add an "extra level of security".

They will help police check whether there is reason to investigate vehicles at the airport.

Supt Turner said: "It gives us an extra level of security around the airport and makes the environment far safer.

"It will record every vehicle which enters or leaves the airport and allows us to track people we would like to intercept."

He added that the number of vehicles which needed to be tracked were in the minority.

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