By Richard Wright
Monday, September 16, 2013
PUB door staff could start wearing police body-cams in a bid to cut violent late-night crime and disturbance.
Police are considering making available the cameras — now routinely worn by officers on night patrol — to act as a deterrent and to gather evidence if there are disturbances.
Sgt James Luckman told Newport Parish Council the initiative was part of a drive to cut anti-social behaviour in the centre of Newport.
Equipping door staff would free police manpower, he told Monday’s meeting.
The town’s Safer Neighbourhoods Team had been strengthened and were dispersing groups, Sgt Luckman added.
Anti Social Behaviour Orders continued to be used against young and older people who caused disturbance — the latest was Dylan Kemp.
Body-cam evidence is increasingly used as evidence in court.
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by David Kay
18th September 2013, at 15:09:36
fact. drunks on a friday and saturday night = hundreds. Police = not hundreds. So CCTV or not you might still get assaulted. The cameras are there to assist police - and give vital evidence. I don't need to read the CP to know what goes on. They don't print much of what goes on. Fact.
by i young
18th September 2013, at 09:46:10
18th September 2013, at 09:45:12
david kay,i know the police numbers have been cut.which is why i started my comment by saying,we need more police on the street.is a cctv camera going to stop a drunk person from hitting you,i think not.just read the county press.im sure police rare appealing for witnesses to an asult at newport bus station.just one of many examples.fact
17th September 2013, at 15:28:56
erm not sure where you have been living i young - the police have been cut in numbers - so how they are supposed to everywhere I don't know. CCTV is great on the Island - I suggest you get your facts correct.
by T Rollingsworth
17th September 2013, at 13:38:10
Maybe they will catch video evidence of the one who was at yates (maybe still is) who would sell drugs in the toilet when he forgets to turn it off!!
by steve cummings
17th September 2013, at 10:27:02
Is it me or does there seem to be more reported crime in the IOW in the last few months?
17th September 2013, at 09:24:31
we need more police on the street.not members of the public doing the police work for them.there is enough cctv about in newport.the police have already got sore bums.sitting around waiting for the camera operators to tell them someone is getting robbed or beat up.and by the time they get there its to late.
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