Fighting Crime Goes Hi-Tech in England

Gay Bar Taps Copper Computer

Northampton gays have a new way to report anti-gay crimes. The Boston Clipper pub now features a computer hardwired to a local police station.

The Infobox is a kiosk that allows people to link to the Northamptonshire Police website where they can report crime and check on the progress of any crime of which they are a victim.

[Police officer Rob Smith] said: “This kiosk will give people who have been the victim of a homophobic crime the chance to report what has happened to them in a place where they feel safe and comfortable and without having to go into a police station or speak to someone face to face.”

The box has been installed in memory of Michael Fardon, who died in 2006 after being attacked outside the club.