Camera cars to tackle crime

CARS equipped with cctv could soon be on the road in west Suffolk to help gain evidence of anti social behaviour.Cameras installed both front and back will make the bright yellow cars ideal for filming at scenes where residents have reported incidents, like troublesome gangs of youngsters and reveal the truth.

CARS equipped with cctv could soon be on the road in west Suffolk to help gain evidence of anti social behaviour.

Cameras installed both front and back will make the bright yellow cars ideal for filming at scenes where residents have reported incidents, like troublesome gangs of youngsters and reveal the truth.

Chief superintendent Mick Green, western area commander is bidding to get three cars, one each for Bury, Stowmarket and Newmarket.

He said they would be a huge boost for gathering evidence, and added: "Officers can use them to video anything that is happening in front or behind, and this in particuarly important when we are tackling anti social behaviour and low level disorder – the things people get really fed up about in our communities.

"Many people say it is youngsters hanging around on street corners who commit the crime, but if we video them and see they are not doing anything at all, it may change peoples' minds."

He hopes to have the cars within the next three months, and added: "I am really looking forward to that. It is an exciting initiative."

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