1. ITV Report

Suffolk town's community wardens given body cameras

Police have been wearing them for months - but should body-worn cameras be used even more widely to crack down on crime in our communities?

Sudbury Town Council, in Suffolk, thinks so. It's spent £2,000 on kitting out their four community wardens with the video equipment.

They say it will be vital in the fight against anti-social behaviour - but critics say that, in a time of austerity, it's a 'staggering' use of public money.

"These cameras risk morphing community wardens into community watchmen. Walking CCTV cameras are not a solution to tackle the few anti-social residents in the community and at a time of austerity it's staggering that Sudbury would choose to spend public money in this way."

– Big Brother Watch
Community wardens on patrol in Sudbury. Credit: ITV News Anglia

None of the footage captured so far has been used as evidence for prosecutions.

But the community wardens wearing them think they've made a difference.

"We used to get a lot of abuse on road closures... where the cameras were deployed the abuse was cut completely down and where the cameras weren't we had a lot of abuse, abuse I wouldn't like to repeat."

– Bradley Smith, Community Warden Supervisor