Cardboard cut-outs of police tackle theft in Berkshire

Police officers and a "cut-out cop"
Image caption Police have already used the life-size "cut-out cops" to successfully reduce shoplifting offences in Oxford

Cardboard cut-outs of police officers are being used in a bid to deter shoplifters in Berkshire.

The two life-size "cut-out cops" cost £75 each and will be used in shops in Windsor, Maidenhead and Ascot.

Thames Valley Police said cut-outs have previously been used in Oxford city centre and reports of shoplifting in the area fell as a result.

The force said they are not designed to replace police officers, who will continue patrols in crime hotpots.

Sgt Tamara Tatton from Central Windsor Neighbourhood Team said: "They make people look and think twice.

"Our aim is to rotate our 'cut-out-cops' across Windsor, Maidenhead and Ascot town centre retail outlets, to deter thieves from striking."

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