More justice will be dispensed via video-link in Cambridgeshire

15:20 03 January 2013

Cambridgeshire Police

Cambridgeshire Police

Archant

CAMBRIDGESHIRE police officers will be able to give evidence in court from their station this year via video-link.

The region is one of 13 areas across England and Wales to launch the new video technology scheme which seeks to reduce prisoner movements and save police hours.

Justice and Policing Minister Damian Green said: “We want the justice system to respond more effectively to the needs of victims, witnesses and professionals.

“Video technology is vital in this and I am extremely pleased that Cambridgeshire will be rolling out this technology during 2013.

“This is one part of our drive to create a swifter and more efficient justice system for all.”

In 2012 an estimated 75,000 video appearances took place nationwide during criminal cases which dealt with offences including burglary, theft, assault and first hearings for more serious offences such as murder.

In addition, police forces are expanding the use of video-link to support witnesses including vulnerable and intimidated witnesses who may have concerns about attending the same court as the defendant.

0 comments

13:00

Health experts are reminding people who are under 65 and have long term health conditions to get the first jab in and beat flu this winter.

Steve Tierney (centre)  in October when he won the Medworth by election for Fenland Council

Fenland came to the rescue of BBC Radio Cambridgeshire in their bid to find a Conservative willing to be interviewed on air hours after the Rochester and Strood by election.

Lynn Road, Wisbech, during installation of new street lights

All of the issues thrown up by an audit of the street lighting contract run by Balfour Beatty which showed Cambridgeshire County Council “will not be paying the correct amount for its electricity” have been resolved, say a new report.

Yesterday, 17:00
Steve Barclay MP (middle) meeting with representatives from Sustrans to discuss a cycleway.

An MP and councillor are pushing for a new cycleway linking Chatteris with Mepal.

Most read stories

E-edition