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Smartphones to fight shopping centre crime

Smartphones can download the app for free. Credit: PA

A new scheme allowing people to help solve crime using their smartphones has been launched in Basingstoke.

'Facewatch' is a reporting system that will be used to identify suspects in the Festival Place shopping centre.

People can view images on their smartphone or a computer and nominate names of people they recognise at the click of a button.

Information can be submitted through Facewatch or anonymously via Crimestoppers. Police officers and staff are also able to view the images on their Blackberry phones.

Insp Marcus Cator said: “This app allows people to view images when and where they like, and if they recognise someone they can send a response immediately."

The Facewatch app works on all smart phones and is free to download from the Apple App Store, Android Google Play and BlackBerry App World. It is also available through the Facewatch website here.

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