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Durham officers given 'unobtrusive' body cameras

Insp Simon Orton with body camera
Image caption The cameras are about the size of a thumb

Police officers across County Durham are to be given body cameras to help record evidence.

The "unobtrusive" devices, about the size of a thumb, will be used to record interactions with victims and witnesses, and the footage can be used in the event of a prosecution.

The force said they were cheaper and more effective than head-mounted ones.

Following a successful pilot in the Bishop Auckland area, the cameras are being issued to all frontline officers.

Insp Simon Orton, who led the pilot project, said: "As it fits neatly on to an officer's lapel or body armour, it's not obtrusive or cumbersome and will provide actual footage which would be difficult for a suspect to dispute.

"The expectation is that this will become a standard piece of kit for officers."

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