Stoke & Staffordshire

Staffordshire County Council plans to use ANPR cameras

Staffordshire County Council plans to invest almost £200,000 in Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras in a bid to reduce crime in the area.

The cameras will be used to spot motorists without tax or insurance as well as vehicles linked to known criminals from outside of the county.

Some 13 fixed and eight mobile ANPR units have been proposed as part of a partnership with Staffordshire Police.

The plans go before the Conservative-led authority's cabinet on 20 June.

Robbie Marshall, cabinet member for regeneration and infrastructure, said the cameras would send out a clear message.

Mr Marshall said: "ANPR technology is a proven tool for combating serious crime by catching criminals on the move.

"This is one of a number of measures we will be introducing with partners including the police to reduce crime and fear of crime, so that people in Staffordshire can live safely."

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