Archive for the 'closed circuit television' Category

Youths face life for boy’s murder – The Independent

“Three youths face life sentences after being found guilty today of murdering schoolboy Nicholas Pearton.”

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The Independent, 10th March 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Consultation on New Code of Practice on CCTV and Automatic Number Plate Recognition – Home Office

“A consultation on a new code of practice governing the use of CCTV and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) systems has been launched, Crime Prevention Minister James Brokenshire announced today.”

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Home Office, 1st March 2011

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

New camera commissioner could cause confusion, says privacy watchdog – OUT-LAW.com

“The Information Commissioner has warned that new plans for a Surveillance Camera Commissioner could result in confusion and conflicting regulation.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd March 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

New code to govern CCTV cameras – The Independent

“Police forces and councils who want to set up CCTV systems will have to be open and clear about what they will be used for and why under Home Office plans.”

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The Independent, 1st March 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

How Protection of Freedoms Bill will work – BBC News

“MPs are to debate the government’s Protection of Freedoms bill later, which ministers claim will protect millions of people in England and Wales ‘from unwarranted state intrusion in their private lives’.”

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BBC News, 1st March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

People get power to take CCTV abusers to court – Daily Telegraph

“Any member of the public will be able to refer a local authority for judicial review if they can argue their cameras were set up or are being used inappropriately.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

West Midlands police facing judicial review over surveillance project – The Guardian

“The West Midlands police force faces a judicial review over its plans to continue using cameras installed under a discredited scheme to place thousands of Muslims under permanent surveillance.”

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The Guardian, 18th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Police lied to persuade CCTV staff to monitor drink-drive suspects – The Guardian

“Police were criticised today for inventing intelligence to persuade civilian CCTV operators to snoop on suspected drink-drivers outside pubs.”

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The Guardian, 6th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Police surveillance of Muslims set up with ‘no regard for law’ – The Guardian

“A secret police operation to place thousands of Muslims living in Birmingham under permanent surveillance was implemented with virtually no consultation, oversight or regard for the law, a report found today.”

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The Guardian, 30th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Police sergeant jailed for cell assault on woman – Daily Telegraph

“A police sergeant who injured a woman when he assaulted her in a cell has been jailed for six months.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Police officer facing sack over cell assault – Daily Telegraph

“Sgt Mark Andrews is shown dragging Pamela Somerville, 59, across the floor of the police station in Wiltshire before shoving her into a cell. CCTV footage captured her lying on the floor for a minute before struggling to get up with blood pouring from a head wound. Former soldier Sgt Andrews, 37, was eventually convicted of assault causing actual bodily harm after a trial at Oxford Magistrates Court earlier this summer.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Thousands fined for flouting Gloucester bus lane rules – BBC News

“Penalty tickets have been issued to 5,700 drivers caught illegally using a bus lane in Gloucester.”

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BBC News, 3rd September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Woman escapes jail for urinating on memorial – The Independent

“A woman branded ‘Britain’s most disgusting person’ by veterans after she was convicted of urinating on a war memorial was given a suspended sentence today.”

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The Independent, 25th August 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Man jailed over Worcester sex crimes – BBC News

“A 30-year-old man who carried out a series of sexual offences in Worcester city centre has been jailed.”

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BBC News, 19th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Teenager jailed for 20-minute attack on dog – The Independent

“A teenager was starting a 16-week sentence today after being caught on CCTV kicking and punching a dog in a 20-minute attack.”

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The Independent, 5th August 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Four men guilty of murdering couple in bungled ‘honour killing’ – The Guardian

“Four men who murdered a couple in a bungled attempt at an ‘honour’ killing were jailed for life today. Their intended victim was a Muslim man who was having an affair with a married woman, but they firebombed a different house.”

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The Guardian, 3rd August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Special constable guilty of ‘excessive’ assault – The Independent

“Peter Lightfoot, 40 was today [2nd August] found guilty by a jury of assaulting Lance Corporal Mark Aspinall after they viewed CCTV footage of him pushing his head into the ground and striking him with a police helmet.”

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The Independent, 2nd August 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Legal fight over spy cameras in Muslim suburbs – The Guardian

“A counterterrorism surveillance project targeted at two Muslim neighbourhoods in Birmingham could be halted after human rights lawyers pledged to seek a judicial review.”

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The Guardian, 11th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Three jailed over Blackberry killing – The Independent

“Three robbers were jailed for nine years each today for killing a man for his BlackBerry phone which they sold for £60 and a chicken dinner.”

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The Independent, 21st May 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Government outlines plans on privacy and surveillance – OUT-LAW.com

“The new Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition Government said that it will beef up freedom of information law and reduce the number of people whose details are held on the Government’s DNA database.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th May 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Woman shot dead by police lawfully killed, jury rules – BBC News

“An armed woman who was shot dead by a police marksman in Kent was lawfully killed, an inquest jury has ruled.”

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BBC News, 29th April 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Schools ‘break law’ to spy on pupils – The Guardian

“Pupils are monitored by CCTV cameras as frequently as inmates in prisons and passengers at airports, research shows.”

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The Guardian, 15th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Intercom security cameras ‘breach human rights’ – Daily Telegraph

“Intercom security cameras are to be switched off by Birmingham City Council in case it breaches the rights of people coming to the door.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st January 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Number of crimes caught on CCTV falls by 70 per cent, Metropolitan Police admits – Daily Telegraph

“Prosecutions linked to CCTV have fallen in parts of Britain, raising questions about the true impact of the security cameras.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th January 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Home Office to unveil first CCTV regulator to take control of Britain’s army of cameras – Daily Telegraph

“New standards for the use of CCTV images, as well as new guidance to ensure that police use CCTV images more effectively, are also to be unveiled by ministers today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 15th December 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Holiday cottage voyeur is jailed – BBC news

“A man has been jailed for more than two years for setting up secret cameras to spy on people renting his cottage.”

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BBC news, 5th November 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Big Brother culture attacked by country’s top barrister – Daily Telegraph

“The ‘Big Brother’ culture is on the march across Britain, allowing the state to snoop on phone calls, emails and even walking the dog, the country’s top barrister, Desmond Browne QC, has warned.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th October 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Snoopers could win £1,000 prizes for monitoring CCTV cameras on the internet – Daily Telegraph

“Citizen spies will be given the chance to win up to £1,000 by watching CCTV cameras on the internet and reporting people they suspect of committing crimes.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th October 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Fake video footage ‘persuades half of people to wrongly accuse others of crime’ – Daily Telegraph

“Fake video footage can persuade almost half of viewers to accuse people of crimes they have not committed, new research suggests.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th September 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Family claim cover-up over death in police custody – The Guardian

“The head of a Metropolitan police station where a man died has been recorded on tape promising that CCTV cameras were working and tape from them had been seized – weeks before investigators told the man’s family that the footage was missing.”

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The Guardian, 21st August 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

CCTV schemes in city and town centres have little effect on crime, says report – The Guardian

“The use of closed-circuit television in city and town centres and public housing estates does not have a significant effect on crime, according to Home Office-funded research to be distributed to all police forces in England and Wales this summer.”

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The Guardian, 18th May 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Warning over use of CCTV in pubs – BBC News

“The information commissioner has said pubs with no history of trouble should not be forced to install CCTV cameras.”

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BBC News, 16th March 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Pub landlord wins right not to fit CCTV cameras – The Guardian

“A prospective landlord has won his fight not to install CCTV cameras in his pub after the case was taken up by the information commissioner.”

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The Guardian, 12th March 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lords: rise of CCTV is threat to freedom – The Guardian

“The steady expansion of the ‘surveillance society’ risks undermining fundamental freedoms including the right to privacy, according to a House of Lords report published today.”

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The Guardian, 6th February 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Anti-terror laws used by council to spy on unauthorised punting – Daily Telegraph

“Covert surveillance was used in a bid to catch independent punt operators collecting customers from undesignated spots along the River Cam in Cambridge.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th September 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Pressure group complains about five-year number plate retention – OUT-LAW.com

“Activists have complained to the UK’s privacy regulator about plans to keep information gleaned from number plate-reading cameras for five years. Privacy International has said that the keeping of data for that long is ‘unnecessary and disproportionate’.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th September 2008

Source: www.out-law.com

Fears over privacy as police expand surveillance project – The Guardian

“The police are to expand a car surveillance operation that will allow them to record and store details of millions of daily journeys for up to five years, the Guardian has learned.”

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The Guardian, 15th September 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Teachers fear hidden CCTV cameras in schools – Daily Telegraph

“Almost a quarter of teachers are worried about ‘hidden’ surveillance cameras in their schools, according to research published by a teachers union, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th August 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

‘Big Brother’ government costs us £20billion – Daily Telegraph

“The cost of Britain’s ‘surveillance society’ measures is now running at £20 billion, a new report reveals today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

PM hits back over civil liberties – BBC News

“Gordon Brown has defended the use of CCTV, ID cards and the DNA database – saying they protect civil liberties.”

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BBC News, 17th June 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Bus CCTV terror bill is defended – BBC News

“First Bus has defended a bill, believed to be for £125,000, which was sent to police for providing CCTV equipment to help a terrorism investigation.”

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BBC News, 15th June 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Spying council to be investigated – BBC News

“A privacy watchdog is to investigate a council that used powers to spy on people, including a family suspected of lying about where they lived.”

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BBC News, 28th May 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Council accused of foul play to catch guilty dog owners – The Guardian

“Another council has been caught using surveillance laws designed to combat organised criminals – this time to catch dog owners whose pets foul the grass.”

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The Big Question: Are CCTV cameras a waste of money in the fight against crime? – The Independent

“Why are we asking this now?

This is one man’s view of how effective CCTV has been so far: ‘It’s been an utter fiasco: only 3 per cent of crimes were solved by CCTV. There’s no fear of CCTV. Why don’t people fear it? (They think) the cameras are not working.’ This is not some disgruntled or ill-informed citizen talking. The speaker is Detective Chief Inspector Mick Neville, head of the Visual Images, Identifications and Detections Office (Viido) at New Scotland Yard, speaking this week at a security World Conference.”

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The Independent, 7th May 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

CCTV boom has failed to slash crime, say police – The Guardian

“Massive investment in CCTV cameras to prevent crime in the UK has failed to have a significant impact, despite billions of pounds spent on the new technology, a senior police officer piloting a new database has warned. Only 3% of street robberies in London were solved using CCTV images, despite the fact that Britain has more security cameras than any other country in Europe.”

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The Guardian, 6th May 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New parking rules come into force – BBC News

“New parking regulations have come into force in England despite concerns over the use of CCTV footage to enforce rules and impose fines.”

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BBC News, 31st March 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Police trying out national database with 750,000 mugshots, MPs told – The Guardian

“The police are developing the first national database of mugshots so that they can use face recognition technology to match CCTV images with details of offenders, MPs were told yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 19th March 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Parking fines via CCTV to force drivers to obey – The Times

“Under an overhaul of parking regulations set out by the Government, a new era of ‘remote enforcement’ will become commonplace. From March 31 councils across England will be allowed to use CCTV cameras to detect parking offences.”

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The Times, 29th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Every breath you take, every move you make, a camera will be watching you – The Times

“Walk down any high street in Britain today and you will instantly be under surveillance. All around you, lampposts and shopfronts bristle with CCTV cameras, many of them privately operated and unregulated. They are watching you in case you are bent on shoplifting or engaging in violent disorder.”

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The Times, 6th Febraury 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

CCTV must not record conversations, warns new guidance – OUT-LAW.com

“Closed-circuit television (CCTV) system operators would need exceptional justification for recording sound as well as video, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has warned.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 29th January 2008

Source: www.out-law.com

Call to regulate household CCTV – BBC News

“The law needs to be updated to regulate the growing number of household CCTV cameras, a human rights group has said.”

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BBC News, 23rd January 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Eight out of ten CCTV images offer no help in solving crimes – The Times

“Eight images out of ten supplied to the police from closed-circuit television do not help to identify criminals, according to a Home Office report published yesterday.”

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The Times, 20th October 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

CCTV breast flashing case dropped – BBC News

“Two young women who flashed their breasts in front of a CCTV camera have had a court case against them dropped.”

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BBC News, 24th August 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

CCTV operators must not record conversations, says privacy watchdog – OUT-LAW.com

“Closed circuit television (CCTV) must not be used to record conversations, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has warned. The Commissioner has proposed a new Code of Practice on the use of CCTV.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd August 2007

Source: www.out-law.com

‘No evidence’ of CCTV data breach – BBC News

“The Information Commissioner’s Office says it has not seen evidence which suggests that most CCTV systems are breaching its own code of practice.” 

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BBC News, 31st May 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk


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