Mini cameras issued to Hartlepool parking officers
Council staff who enforce parking regulations in Hartlepool have been issued with mini video cameras.
The devices, which can be worn on the ear, fixed to the side of a cap or attached to a lapel, are linked to a belt-mounted recording unit.
They can be used to provide evidence if an officer is subjected to verbal and physical threats, and to help settle disputes over tickets.
Four cameras, each costing £600, have been provided.
Hartlepool Council employs 10 civil enforcement officers.
Mick Dunn, enforcement co-ordinator, said: "Sometimes we get people who have been issued with a ticket claiming that they were given permission to park by one of our officers, and the cameras enable us to check whether that was the case by looking at the video evidence.
"Also, officers do at times receive abuse from drivers who may have been given a ticket, or as they simply walk down the street, and the camera footage will again be used as evidence where further action needs to be taken."