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Rushden pub trials body-worn video cameras

A pub in Northamptonshire has become the first in the county to equip its door staff with security cameras.

The Feathers pub in Rushden was given the equipment by Northamptonshire Police for a three-month trial.

The body cameras scheme is part of a county-wide project to reduce violent crime.

Sgt Kevin Byrne said: "It's to reassure the community that the police are working with others to make Rushden a safe place to visit."

The cameras are worn on the shoulder or chest, and the public are made aware that they are being filmed.

Manager of the Feathers pub, John Cowell, said: "One of the best things about the equipment is that it gives both sides of the story."

Northamptonshire Police also wants to improve the quality of evidence that the door staff provide if there happens to be a prosecution.

The cameras also record sound.

The trial will end in September, after which the pub will decide whether to purchase its own camera equipment.

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