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CCTV to be fitted on school buses
CCTV cameras are to be installed on 40 school buses across Northumberland in a scheme aimed at improving pupil safety.

The county council will spend 70,000 on the project, which has proved a success in other parts of the UK.

It is hoped the security measure will improve behaviour and overall safety to youngsters on board.

The cameras will be fitted on selected junior and secondary school routes. CCTV suppliers are now being invited to bid for contracts.

Richard Waters, transport chief for Northumberland County Council, said: "Incidents on school buses are not frequent but they do happen from time to time.

"The vast majority of students are well behaved.

"This is about deterring bad behaviour among a tiny minority of young people and letting them know any unruly activities will be recorded on camera."

Only selected senior officers with authorised operators will be able to download the footage for review.

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