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New machine can 'see' hidden weapons.

Rory Doyle of Smiths Detection demonstrates the Tadar machine, the latest version of a machine which can see through clothes to detect weapons and explosives at its launch in central London.

The machine uses "millimetre wave" technology to scan a body's natural radiation.

It "sees" through clothes and provides an image of a naked body on a computer screen, while dense objects such as guns, knives or explosives appear as black outlines.

A spokesman for manufacturer Smiths Detection said that, unlike its predecessors, the latest Tadar machine gives a real-time, moving image.

The machines, launched at a conference where Home Secretary John Reid delivered a keynote speech, cost pounds 80,000 to pounds 100,000 each.

The spokesman said Tadar could be used in airports and other transport systems, courts, prisons, embassies, power stations and even schools.

Also on show was a pounds 75,000 walk-through narcotics and explosives detector which blows jets of air on to a person's body, and then analyses the air for tiny particles of illegal substances.

The Metropolitan Police announced their plans to use millimetre wave technology at the end of 2003.

The force's Commissioner, Sir John Stevens, said their first scanner, nicknamed "The Machine", would help combat terrorism and gun crime.

At the start of this year the technology was trialled at Paddington station in London.

A 23ft (7m) long steel box was erected next to Heathrow Express platforms.

Transport Secretary Alistair Darling earlier announced there would be further trials on the Tube and at other mainline stations.

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