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Bodycams introduced at London recycling centres

Employees of a recycling company have been issued with bodycams after one of them was assaulted by a member of the public.

All 30 staff at LondonWaste’s reuse and recycling centres in north London have been kitted out.

The company says the decision followed a number of issues with public behaviour at the centres, culminating in an employee being assaulted.

CCTV already installed in all sites is considered insufficient protection: LondonWaste says the bodycam is obvious to visitors and will be deterrent in itself.

All images and audio taken from the bodycams are automatically deleted after 30 days.

Managing director Peter Sharpe said the safety of employees was paramount.

“While the vast majority of the public using our [sites] behave in a respectful manner and appreciate that the employees are there to help, a small minority has overstepped the mark.

“In order for the site to operate effectively and for the community to be served efficiently, our employees must feel safe at all times.”

LondonWaste manages household waste from more than 1.9 million residents across seven north London boroughs.

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