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UK Testing Tech That Spots Weapons Under Clothing

UK Testing Tech That Spots Weapons Under Clothing
(AP)

By    |   Monday, 16 September 2019 01:01 PM

Police in the United Kingdom are testing out new technology that can detect if people are hiding weapons on their person, with the first trial taking place at a train station in east London this week.

The UK Home Office is funding the trial, at a cost of about £40,000, which will take place at Stratford station starting on Monday and continuing for five days. It will be run by the British Transport Police, which will receive support from the Metropolitan Police. The technology is made by the British company Thruvision, and “can safely detect weapons including guns, knives and explosive devices concealed under clothing at distances of up to 30 feet,” according to the Home Office.

“We are pulling out all the stops in a battle against knife crime, in London and across the country. 20,000 more police officers will help but new technology can make an enormous impact on public safety, as this equipment shows,” said Kit Malthouse, the Minister for Crime, Policing and Fire, in a statement.

“No one should feel they can walk the streets with a knife and expect to get away with it,” the minister added.

“Fortunately, knife crime on the rail network is very low, however we recognize the important role our force plays in identifying those intent on carrying lethal weapons to commit atrocious crimes,” said British Transport Police Assistant Chief Constable Robin Smith in a statement.

“In support of the Home Office and other police forces, we are keen to explore how technology can assist us in tackling violent crime head on. We are pleased to partner with them in trialing the Thruvision technology at Stratford station.”

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Police in the United Kingdom are testing out new technology that can detect if people are hiding weapons on their person, with the first trial taking place at a train station in east London this week.
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