Cambridgeshire’s police and crime commissioner, Sir Graham Bright, has funded the purchase of hundreds of new video cameras to be worn by officers.

The decision to purchase the new cameras, some 917 in total, follows what police called "growing evidence showing that the use of cameras helps protect the public, the police officers that wear them, and provides additional crucial evidence that helps prosecute offenders".

The devices, which have cost £500,000, will be allocated to officers and police community support officers from April.

Inspector Terri Griffin said: "The body worn cameras will help us gain the additional evidence we often need to prosecute offenders and make Cambridgeshire a safer place."

Police and crime commissioner Sir Graham Bright said: "It is important to me that we make best use of the technology available to protect the public, protect officers and to ensure we collect the evidence that allows the best chance of securing prosecutions."