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Bodycams for Oxfordshire recycling centre staff

Staff working at Oxfordshire's seven recycling sites are being given bodycams to reduce verbal and physical assaults.

They'll join a growing number of council workers who use the technology - including parking attendants and trading standards officials.

Each year, around 20 cases of verbal or physial assault from members of the public on teams managing tips are reported.

County Councillor Yvonne Constance, Cabinet member for Environment, said: “The safety of our staff and customers is our number one priority and using this technology will only be an enhancement.

“The vast majority of people only ever intend to bring their waste and dispose of it quickly and if they are unsure of anything they will speak to the staff.

“There have been times, and this is not unique to Oxfordshire, where someone will come along and will seek to intimidate or abuse the staff. This is not acceptable.

“We are being upfront about using the cameras and that alone will help improve many of the interactions on site. Knowing that you could be filmed could for many people be enough to make them think twice before they act.”

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