The on the spot justice system will mean shoplifters will be arrested, appear before magistrates and can even be sentenced without leaving the shopping centre, saving police and court staff time and money.
Bluewater has video links to five courts and is being rolled out after a successful two month trial.
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The women were originally living at a nearby hostel but forced to move out when funding was cut.