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Council wardens get body cameras

Body camera
Council staff using the cameras will also wear high-visibility jackets

Street wardens in Middlesbrough have been given state-of-the-art cameras to help tackle environmental crime.

The digital devices, which are worn on the body, are used to record incidents, gather evidence, and be a deterrent.

Middlesbrough council receives more than 2,000 complaints a year about environmental crimes such as fly-tipping, littering and dog fouling.

If the pilot scheme is successful, use of the cameras could be widened to other areas of law enforcement.

The cameras, which record both video and sound, will be used in the town centre, local parks and grassed areas, and in fly-tipping hotspots.

Councillor Barry Coppinger, Middlesbrough council's executive member for community protection, said: "The footage gathered by these cameras will provide irrefutable evidence of criminal activity and help convict those who seek to despoil our town.

"They are only a tiny minority, but their activities can make life a misery for law-abiding citizens.

"I am sure this will be another effective technique for bringing criminals to justice."

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