The neighbourhood policing teams in several Chorley villages have a new body camera thanks to a donation from a Croston based charity.

Villages in Partnership funded the crime-fighting equipment, which can either be clipped onto an officer’s stab vest or mounted inside a vehicle and will help to capture crime on film.

The cameras will be used by officers covering Croston, Bretherton and Ulnes Walton.

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Maria Fetherstone said: “We value Villages in Partnership’s support in funding this equipment which will help to gather video evidence that can be presented to the courts to show exactly what happened during an incident.

“The cameras are also an effective deterrent to anyone engaging in or threatening violent or anti-social behaviour, helping to keep the area a safe place.”

Specialist body cameras are worn by many officers across the force to gather both audio and visual evidence on a variety of crimes including domestic violence and anti-social behaviour.

They are a similar size and weight of a mobile phone.

Projects officer for Villages in Partnership Annaly Percival, said: “We have been able to provide grant money to a range of groups recently and were pleased that Lancashire Constabulary applied to us for the body cameras.”