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Plans to sell a 'sex and crime' video featuring scenes filmed by councils' town centre surveillance cameras have be...
Plans to sell a 'sex and crime' video featuring scenes filmed by councils' town centre surveillance cameras have been condemned by the Association of District Councils.

Designed to help crack down on vandals, thugs and thieves, closed circuit television systems are operated by hundreds of councils to help protect people and property.

But now some local authorities are reported to have struck a deal with a video maker to sell footage filmed by CCTV cameras in streets, shopping centres, car parks and other public places.

The controversial move to release tapes could undermine public confidence in CCTV, believes the leader of the ADC, which supports a code of practice to 'reassure the public that tapes are seen only by those that need to see them, and that material is handled in a responsible manner'.

The ADC believes 'it is the responsibility of the local authority to ensure that systems are operated with integrity and respect for the public'.

ADC chairman Peter Greenwood branded the idea for a video as 'outrageous', and said film should not be released other than to the police to aid investigations of crime.

'It concerns me that CCTV, a successful weapon in the fight against crime by helping to prevent the types of anti-social behaviour that have blighted so many of our town centres and public spaces, should be exploited for the purpose of a 'video nasty'.

'CCTV is supposed to make people feel safer, and should not be abused,' he added.

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