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Shops in Workington hope that a new police presence will help them guard against theft.
The flat-pack, "Cut-out coppers", have apparently deterred thieves in other areas - now Cumbria police have enlisted their help.
Workington police have recruited 10 new officers - but they will work all day and all night for a one-off fee of £75.
The cardboard cut outs will be placed in shops around the town as a deterrent for theft.