Doormen go live with headcams

Night life marshals and door security staff are going to be wearing security cameras to improve security and safety for night time revellers.'Bartosz Jankowski'with PC's Chris Fisher and Richard Marsh
Night life marshals and door security staff are going to be wearing security cameras to improve security and safety for night time revellers.'Bartosz Jankowski'with PC's Chris Fisher and Richard Marsh
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ROBOCOP style cameras will be worn by bouncers and night life marshals to crack down on booze-fuelled violence.

And footage recorded on the hi-tech ear-mounted cameras will be used as evidence in court.

They have been bought by Mick Taylor, the boss of security firm Protex.

He hopes they will protect his staff, and the night life marshals he funds. from attacks as well as recording evidence for the police.

The move has been backed by the police, who said it would help increase successful prosecutions and cut down night time crime in the city centre.

Insp Richard Close, of the Central neighbourhood police team, said: “This is a fantastic leap forward in obtaining the best evidence for the police.

“We are often faced with inconsistent versions of events, however video footage showing an incident cannot be argued with.

“Marshals and door supervisors are often the first to attend a scene, this will give us the upper hand reducing and detecting violent crime.

“Protex is a valued partner of the Central NPT, the additional steps taken show a commitment to improving the city and the many licensed venues serviced.”

The cameras were first used in the city centre last weekend by staff outside clubs and bars including Havana, Stereo and Quest.

Mr Taylor said: “The cameras are also designed to give even more protection to the public.

“And they will also protect my staff and marshals. Any attacks will be recorded and could be used by the police to bring charges against people.”

To contact the Central NPT call 01924 293282 or visit www.westyorkshire.police.uk/npt/area