Tyne & Wear

Head-cams to tackle disorder in Whitley Bay

Head cam
Image caption The head-cams leave officers free to use their hands

Police have been given an "additional pair of eyes and ears" to help tackle alcohol-fuelled disorder in a North Tyneside town.

The head-cams issued to officers allow them to film criminal offences as they carry out patrols in Whitley Bay.

Door supervisors in some pubs and clubs have also adopted the cameras, which record both sound and vision.

Footage can be used as evidence in court, but it is also hoped their presence will have a deterrent effect.

Insp Jim Gray, of the Whitley Bay Neighbourhood Policing Team, described the cameras as a "real asset".

He said: "This is an additional pair of 'eyes and ears'.

"The officer can use it to record any instances of crime or disorder and still have their hands free to deal with offenders or use their radio to speak to colleagues.

"I hope this will act as a deterrent to those who commit offences and encourage the small minority who do cause us problems to think again."

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