Police in Nantwich are to use mobile CCTV cameras as part of a scheme to tackle crime with technology.

The cameras are the size of a mobile phone and clip onto stab vests. Officers are using the cameras attached to their body armour to record video and audio footage when attending incidents.

Officers out on patrol with the cameras will be able to set the camera to record when they come across a live incident.

Police chiefs hope it will be a powerful tool in the fight against serious crime and anti-social behaviour.

Insp Dave Smithers, Nantwich Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said: “The trial will give us an opportunity to see if the body cameras benefit the neighbourhood teams.

“I personally see the benefit to us and the community as two-fold. Firstly, as a crime prevention method for the small minority of people wanting to cause trouble.

“They will be aware that their actions could be recorded by officers at any time of the day.

“Secondly, they could also be used as an evidence gathering tool, the recording being used if appropriate for any offences disclosed.”

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