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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 July 2006, 11:47 GMT 12:47 UK
Gloves on for knife crime fight
Kevlar stab proof metal detecting glove
Officers will trial seven sets of gloves for one month
Police are to pilot a new stab-proof glove which doubles as a metal detector in their campaign against knife crime.

Strathclyde Police officers and their Central Scotland colleagues will use the Kevlar gloves for this first time this weekend.

The battery-operated glove vibrates when metal is detected during a search.

Seven sets of gloves will be tested during the month-long pilot period as part of the ongoing Safer Scotland campaign on violence.

Karyn McCluskey, deputy head of the Violence Reduction Unit, said: "We are constantly looking at utilising new technology to detect weapons and take them off the streets of Scotland.

"It's important we look at innovative ways of tackling violence and we are confident these gloves will allow officers to search people in a safe and efficient manner."

One thousand hand-held metal detectors have already been issued to Scottish police forces.


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