Devon and Cornwall police court video service launches

Police officers from the south-west of England will be able to give evidence in trials without attending court in a new scheme launching this month.

Devon and Cornwall Police is launching Live Links, which will enable officers to provide testimony over a secure video feed to any court in the country.

A police spokesman said the technology, would "save valuable police hours and money".

It will be installed at stations in Torquay, Barnstaple and Camborne.

The initiative launches on 17 September at Torquay Magistrates' Court, when a PC will give evidence on a driving offences case via the video link.

A second case is listed for trial in Blackpool, when a police officer and civilian witness will give their evidence via a link from Barnstaple.

The courts, Crown Prosecution Service and defence solicitors will make a decision about whether Live Links is appropriate when setting the trial date.

If deemed inappropriate, police officers would still be expected to attend court in the usual way.

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