BBC3 has ordered a documentary series exploring teen crime and the impact it has on its victims, through footage shot by the perpetrators themselves.

Minnow FilmsUser Generated Crime (working title) will explore the stories behind the violence and thefts, using footage from CCTV, camera phones and other devices.

It will piece together how the crimes took place and include “frank” interviews with those captured on film, asking why young people commit crimes and examining the fine line between “rowdy teenage behaviour” and criminality.

The 4 x 60-minute series will also explore the long-term effects of the act on the victims, their loved ones and the perpetrators.

Controller Zai Bennett and documentaries commissioning editor Charlotte Moore ordered the series, which will TX next year.

Samantha Anstiss is commissioning executive at the BBC, while Simon Ford and Morgan Matthews will executive produce for Minnow Films.

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Moore said: “The explosion in the number of filming devices means that more and more people are now recording their lives on film. This creates a hugely exciting opportunity for documentary filmmakers, who can now tell stories from a different perspective, getting closer to the graphic reality than ever before.”

Ford added: “We often see the mobile phone image or the moment surveillance cameras have captured a crime. We know these moments can quickly become iconic, as they shock, entertain or simply help to reveal the bare facts of a crime to us. But we want to take them and go beyond the image, to unpick the human stories that lie behind the crime.”