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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

Wiltshire astronaut Tim Peake hosts Q&A session with children from space

Credit: European Space Agency

Wiltshire astronaut Tim Peake will be taking questions from schoolchildren from around the country at 2pm this afternoon (2 February).

The Cosmic Classroom live event will see young people get the chance to put their questions to the former army pilot who's currently on board the International Space Station, more than 400km above the surface of the earth.

Pupils from 11 schools will be in the audience at the World Museum in Liverpool, but schools all over the country will also be joining in by live streaming in their own classrooms.

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