Camera speaks to potential offenders in Folkestone

Residents say the talking cameras have made all the difference

People dumping rubbish illegally in south Kent could find themselves caught on a new kind of camera.

Shepway District Council has begun using the flashcam, which is triggered by movement and can be left pointing at flytipping hotspots, in Folkestone.

The device gives an audible warning to potential offenders not to dump rubbish, saying a photo has been taken, and advising them to leave the area.

The cameras also work against anti-social behaviour and vandalism.

They are automatically operated and are said to be six times cheaper than traditional CCTV,

Councillor Rory Love said the use of the camera showed the council was being quite open about what it was doing.

"We've actually got most of the community all around here very much in favour of this kind of approach," he said.

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