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Watching us watching you: police to get bodycams

Police radio, handcuffs and now body cameras will form part of officers' every day uniform Credit: ITV News

Police in Dorset and the Avon and Somerset forces are to wear body cameras as part of their uniform.

The technology is being piloted with plans to roll it out to all front-line officers. The footage will be able to be used as evidence.

Dorset Police says the technology is being introduced to make police more accountable. The cameras will be used to record the majority of incidents.

The Avon and Somerset force welcomes a system that will help keep officers safe.

It will be obvious to people that officers are wearing body cameras Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

I have seen body worn video help gather evidence effectively, especially at incidents such as domestic abuse. It can encourage people to be more open in interviews and plead guilty earlier.

It can also professionalise the work of the police through openness and transparency.

This represents a very significant step forward for the force.

– Chief Constable Andy Marsh, Avon and Somerset

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RAF Sea Kings will fly from Chivenor base for one more week

Search and Rescue helicopters have been saving lives from their base at Chivenor for 60 years Credit: ITV News

Our reporter Seth Conway is spending the day with Search and Rescue helicopters in Chivenor and has some breaking news.

The RAF Sea Kings from twenty two Squadron were due to stop running today but ITV has learned they'll continue to operate for another week before the service is handed over to a private company.

It's a slight reprieve but it's still a sad moment for the community.

More on ITV West Country tonight at 6pm.

Statement Chivenor will continue to provide full helicopter search and rescue capability for a further period of around one week at the request of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency who asked for this continuance.

The option to provide a continuance of service has been part of the UK SAR Transition Planning programme for all of the 6 RAF SAR flights in the UK and this request will neither affect the level of SAR service across the region served by Chivenor, nor in any impede the future careers of RAF personnel serving at Chivenor.

Anti-nuclear campaigners write to PM over China

An artist's impression of the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point Credit: EDF Energy

Campaigners trying to stop a nuclear generator being built in Hinkley in Somerset have written to David Cameron.

The Stop Hinkley Campaign has urged the Prime Minister to end co-operation with China, claiming recent explosions in the country have highlighted its poor health and safety record.

Virgin Media customers cut off in the South West

Virgin Media customers in much of the South West have had no TV and Broadband this evening Credit: Virgin Media

Virgin Media customers have taken to Twitter to complain about a breakdown in the company's Broadband and TV service this evening.

Virgin Media has been replying to customers saying that it was aware of the fault, which it says has now been fixed and the service is slowly getting back to normal.

Some customers have been told not to expect normal service to resume until just before midnight.

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