Body camera bid to stop abuse of school crossing patrol in Haslemere

Len Howard wearing his body camera dubbed 'Len's lens' SUS-160531-175726008
Len Howard wearing his body camera dubbed 'Len's lens' SUS-160531-175726008

School crossing patrol officer Len Howard has had so much abuse hurled at him by drivers and motorists driving past without stopping, putting pupils and parents in danger that innovative action has been taken.

West Sussex County Council has now joined with Camelsdale Primary School and Sussex Police to trial a body camera outside the school gates.

It is the first authority in the south of England to receive the backing of police for school crossing patrols to wear body cameras.

Len wears the body camera, christened ‘Len’s lens’ by the school , across his chest.

Attached by the lapels of his coat, it can capture audio and video of motorists driving dangerously or being abusive.

Temporary signs are up outside the school to warn offending motorists they are now on camera.

Headteacher Sarah Palmer said: “We were concerned about the safety of our children and parents. We have done a number of initiatives over many years and we are now lucky enough to have Len, our school crossing patrol officer, who stands on a busy road by a junction on the brow of a hill.

“There have been a few instances when drivers have driven through without stopping when he is about to take children across the road. We heard about the body cameras and felt it was an idea worth investigating.”

Footage of offences are passed to police as evidence for prosecution. Offenders could receive a fine and three points on their licence - the same as they would for driving through a red light.

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